Steve Jobs on His College Experience

Aug 26, 2011 |  George Leef

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Steve Jobs on His College Experience

Aug 26, 2011 | 

George Leef

Read about it in this talk he gave back in 2005. He dropped out of Reed College after a few months, but stuck around to sit in on some classes that he found interesting. The one that interested him the most: calligraphy.

Jonathan

| August 26, 2011 - 4:30 PM


This commencement speech at Stanford was indeed inspiring and gives plenty of food for thought.

However, he makes it clear that Reed College gave Jobs something that made a crucial difference in his latter career—a course in calligraphy that eventually had a profound effect on the design of Apple computers.  If he hadn’t previously been enrolled at Reed as a full-time student, it seems unlikely he would have taken that course there later; furthermore, that is not exactly a course someone is likely to find just any old where. 

So I wouldn’t say that Jobs’ parents money was wasted, even though he thought so at the time and that is why he dropped out.

In fact, given the later financial history of Apple, you could say there was a fantastic, almost unimaginable return on investment!