Kenyon College: John Green – Thoughts on How To Make Things and Why September 6, 2019 75 By Kody Olson Related posts: What NOT to do at University Admissions Expert on Columbia University: Ivy League Education in the Big Apple Deborah Gray White and Robert Patterson on Race, Slavery and Institutional Memory Overcoming Sight loss at University, with SuperNova Magnifier & Screen Reader CategoryArticles BlogTags2000 alum alumna alumni alumnus alums and arts central ohio class class of class of 2000 college collegiate gambier green john John Green kenyon kenyon college Liberal liberal arts ohio school that the the fault in our stars undergrad undergraduate vlogbrothers 75 Comments Travis Hunt says: February 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm @John Green we need a vlogbrothers video like an old school truth or fail of johns personal stories Reply Valentina Vee says: February 17, 2014 at 11:00 pm This is my religion. Reply Adam Macaluso says: February 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm Happy Birthday Sir, despite the circumstances.Next Book Reply Alyssa Matchett says: February 17, 2014 at 11:57 pm this is fantastic! Thank you John!! 😀 Reply Dragonflite says: February 18, 2014 at 12:46 am <3 awesome Reply Caroline Shen says: February 18, 2014 at 12:50 am I have been experiencing a bit of an existential crisis all week, following my 22nd birthday last weekend. I haven't really been able to eat or sleep and my friends don't seem to understand why I'm having a "mid-life crisis at 22." This really really helped. Thank you, John. Reply Annaconda says: February 18, 2014 at 1:06 am deeply moved, I was planning on watching it for 10 mins and going to bed but I've been grabbed by and it just wouldn't let me go until the end. What a fantastic speech (John Green's speeches don't feel like speeches, they feel more like a friend talking to you)… Reply tshavyt says: February 18, 2014 at 2:19 am Here hee. John said shit (giggles quietly) Reply Kate Coniglio says: February 18, 2014 at 2:30 am I had to pee for 90% of this. I held it because JOHN GREEN SPEAKS THE TRUTH 🙂 Reply Jennie Hartsock says: February 18, 2014 at 2:57 am I love the entire segment preceding this quote, but one of my favorite portions of that segment is: "Maybe it's true: maybe the universe doesn't give a shit about you. But through empathy, we can care about each other, and we are also of the universe." Reply Emily Hawkins says: February 18, 2014 at 4:08 am do I love john green enough to listen to this for an hour after an anxiety filled day? yes. the answer is yes. Reply moongirl26 says: February 18, 2014 at 9:27 am Gah, TFIOS Spoilers.. I haven't gotten TFIOS yet… and GDit. Reply lilyhasaface says: February 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm Maybe if John Green had made this speech sooner Dan Howell/Danisnotonfire would have learnt that you do not have to go to law school! Reply Brian Ward says: February 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm "Intro to Creative Writing"Yes. Reply mlh195 says: February 18, 2014 at 10:28 pm Yes I have watched the whole video, and I loved every minute of it. Reply John Holbrook says: February 19, 2014 at 1:27 am John Green just said shit… Wow Reply Alexa M says: February 19, 2014 at 2:47 am Seriously did he reach inside my brain and recite my thoughts in a well-ordered and eloquent fashion? I think I might be falling in love with John Green… Reply Rogue Anne says: February 19, 2014 at 3:30 am Professor Rogan is my GRANDPA! Reply Ellie K says: February 19, 2014 at 3:47 am Oh, John. I just don't think I could love you any more than I do. Reply HaploidCell says: February 19, 2014 at 4:42 am How does some 40-something father of two American guy write and hold a speech that is so very, and possibly pivotaly, relevant to my here-and-now situation, thousands of miles away?It baffles me, it intrigues me, and all of a sudden my own, personal darkness isn't as personal and as dark as it was before.Thank you John Green. From the bottom of my deep, dark heart. Reply Sophie Yaffa says: February 20, 2014 at 4:22 am "but for the sake of clarity we'll just call him Holden" fave omg only half an hour in but this speech is by far my favourite thing of the day! Reply David Biddle says: February 20, 2014 at 8:29 pm Meaninglessness is okay. Really. Seeing it is the first step to understanding it's actually all about creating your own meaning. Reply Rrin Pooh says: February 21, 2014 at 1:39 am I love when we get to see that John is just the shy guy who doesn't really want to look up. And a lot more. Good Job John. Just good job at making me feel again. Reply BillyxRansom says: February 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm from 35:15 to about 35:40, he had A TWENTY-FIVE SECOND WINDOW TO SAY "CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING" AND HE DIDN'T Reply Jackson Webster says: February 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm I know you're not trying to prove you're a genius, but I honestly spent every moment of that being like "why is john so goddamn smart." Great speech, natural and raw and thought-provoking as always! Reply Tom Jackson says: February 27, 2014 at 11:55 am The story about his college days should have spawned a book called "Looking for Amanda"… Reply Lyrical Land says: February 28, 2014 at 11:02 am John green is a freaking genius!!! Reply LibertyNerd25 says: March 1, 2014 at 3:49 am I'm not a person who is profane by nature, but this speech was so powerful that I don't care when John drops curse words. I love that. Reply Cecilia Chong says: March 4, 2014 at 7:04 am Everytime John does a speech in front of a considerable amount of people, I feel a little proud. We all know that it is not his favorite thing to do, but he does it anyway and is awesome at it Reply Jazmin blanco says: March 15, 2014 at 3:00 am He Is my god thos man is a genius in my eyes at least Reply Ryan Daw says: March 24, 2014 at 2:12 am So much of this draws on the great David Foster Wallace Kenyon speech. Watch it! Reply The Greatest Magic Fish says: March 29, 2014 at 1:34 am That speech was…I mean, I thought it was really good, but I did not realize how much I had engaged in it until I saw, after watching, that it had been over an hour. Time flies when you're watching John Green talk. Reply Mikayla Johnson says: April 1, 2014 at 6:36 am i wasn't going to watch the whole thing….it's late i have muy homework. Reply John Bradford says: April 3, 2014 at 1:14 am I was there for that speech, it was fantastic Im a huge fan, I really enjoyed seeing the parallel between this speech and the insight I derived from this and the speech given by David Foster wallice in the same spot, and also my name is also John! Reply HaploidCell says: April 7, 2014 at 9:04 am I read up on that Einstein-failing-math thing. His first college had a compulsory math test, which he "failed", and years and years later some reporter? autobiographer? or some such found that test and marveled at the inneptitude of the genius. You know? Like pulling him down in math somehow raised the scales of his genius in the realm of physics or something.One problem, though.The entrance test was for a college in Switzerland. It was therefore in French. Einstein did not speak French. He passed the test, but the grade was terrible, of course. The fact that he understood so much about math that he could solve problems put to him in a different language with a passing grade should give you some idea of the true genius of the man. Reply Maria Szymkowska says: April 12, 2014 at 12:56 am Thank you Sir John Green. Reply Maria Szymkowska says: April 12, 2014 at 12:59 am This is what I listen to when I experience an early mid-life crisis…. Your words make me happy….sooooooo happy!!!!!!! Reply Savannah Freemantle says: April 14, 2014 at 1:52 pm Its good to finally hear someone talking about how I actually experience things. Why doesn't everyone do this? Reply Stephen Deagle says: April 25, 2014 at 6:39 pm John really is a consummate storyteller. Really, it's almost aggravating how intuitively he hooks his audiences, draws them in, and just relentlessly indulges our appetite for more. One day, he will have the luckiest grand-kids in the damn world. Can you imagine having this guy to tell you what the past was like? Reply Matt Palka says: April 27, 2014 at 4:15 pm Worth one hour of your time. Reply Sophie Schofield says: May 9, 2014 at 10:27 am This is why he is my favourite person in the world Reply ThatGuyWithHippyHair says: May 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm Sea sponges are the other exception. Reply Chloe Adriano says: June 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm I love the way how John Green delivers a speech, is the EXACT way (pace, tone, VOICE) I read TFIOS <3 I want to write an intellectual comment about how John Green's tone of voice is so evident in the way he writes his books, or how he is so similar to the characters he creates, how the messages in between the lines of his novels are (and will forever be) relative no matter your age, background or life experience … I just don't know where to start. All I can say is this human being is quite extraordinary 😀 Reply Estella Smith says: June 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm I listen to this every day Reply Katie Runde says: July 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm I can not tell you the number of encouragements you have provided me @John Green – particularly in recent times when I have had to go way down deep into the darkness of myself, and of others. Reply Radd Snyder says: August 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm "How did you find your way into a teenage girl?" Reply Ingrid Kiss says: October 14, 2014 at 7:10 pm is there a transcript or the whole speech posted/saved on some site…?i would love to have it. if anyone has some useful info , feel free to let me know , i d appreciate it! 🙂 thanks Reply Tracy Nguyen says: March 7, 2015 at 2:49 am I absolutely love John Green, I have always admired his writing and his sense of humor. What I love about John Green is that he is so genuine and relatable. His speech is engaging and personal. It really hits home and accurately depicts your early 20s experience. Reply Pamela González Muñiz says: March 24, 2015 at 4:34 am which one's the cancer book he talks about? Reply Brianna Howard says: March 29, 2015 at 12:52 am "How did you find your way into a teenage girl?" Reply Timothy Webb says: April 9, 2015 at 10:12 am 'the benefit of resentment for me was that it was fuel; it burnt dirty, but it did burn.' Reply I May says: April 19, 2015 at 2:58 am is this talk directed to English majors? Reply ABHISHEK PASWAN says: May 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm Impressive. Reply ABHISHEK PASWAN says: May 3, 2015 at 4:11 pm LIKEEE,,, Reply deanmullen10 says: July 24, 2015 at 12:46 am This is one of the most mind-opening John green videos I've ever seen, if not the most. Fascinating. Reply Conflux says: August 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm John is my spirit animal. Reply sarah audrey says: November 29, 2015 at 4:24 am John would make a good doctor who Reply martin hoang Nguyen says: January 8, 2016 at 8:19 am I dont care what you say John Green. Your legacy will totally survive human extinction. Reply Vlad Pintea-Gärtner says: January 25, 2016 at 10:08 am I think I've seen this 5 times, and I'm just not getting tired of it all Reply Sai Priyatham Kasam says: February 15, 2016 at 6:36 pm Was this not a commencement address ? If not what was this speech for? Reply Guy Incognito says: May 6, 2016 at 9:12 am So much DFW in this. Reply Dennis Bingham says: May 24, 2016 at 9:09 pm "Once the book has come out it belongs to you."Things we all wish J.K. Rowling would learn. Reply Francesca Ellis says: May 27, 2016 at 12:40 am An example of what John was talking about in minute 51 is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It tells the story of the short yet significant life of a young girl living in Japan during the droping of the atomic bomb at the end of WWII. Sadako may only have lived to 12(9 years after the bomb was dropped she was diagnosed with leukemia, radiation sickness from the atom bomb, and she died a year later on October 25, 1955), yet her life made a big impact on the Japanese celebration of Peace Day Now she is honored, along with all the children who died from leukemia, in Hiroshima's Peace Park. I definitely recomend this to all readers who injoy an intense and moving book. Reply Freya Taylor says: June 5, 2016 at 11:44 am I watched this entire speech while trying to learn my GCSE French assessment for tomorrow…fuck you John Reply Complaining Qoheleth says: October 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm 44:02 The Mongols! Reply Zachary Whitney says: August 12, 2017 at 12:12 am John Green is my city Reply Matthew Cecil says: August 13, 2017 at 4:18 pm We are all supposed to die in the order in which we were born… First in, first out. I will work on enforcing this law my entire life. Reply Peter Guilherme says: September 6, 2017 at 5:12 am John's collar gap is killing me. Reply Roberto Fontiglia says: October 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm In which John answers the question, "How did you find your way into a teenage girl?" Reply Skylar says: November 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm This man has the most inspirational, thought-provoking, truthful words I've ever heard – both in his books and his speeches. We NEED more people like him in the world, becoming leaders, movers, and makers. I aspire to be even a fraction of what he is and what he does. DFTBA! Reply E P says: January 1, 2018 at 12:24 am 25:44 Reply Rita Shukla says: February 26, 2018 at 7:03 am Bookmark 9:00 Reply Chris Marklowitz says: April 4, 2018 at 1:13 am This man is amazing. His emotional intelligence and intelligent quotients are off the charts as seen by his ability to allow others to feel comftrable and respect them as well as his ability to understand and answer and grasp these ideas so clearly. I think that he has a strong motivation as well. Somewhere it comes from. Where I do not know. Reply Mel Jones says: May 20, 2018 at 7:58 pm LMFAO!!! I am crying with laughter at that first audience question. Oh my Lord!!! Reply Scott Korin says: May 13, 2019 at 12:59 pm "How did you find your way into a teenage girl?"John immediately starts playing with his wedding ring… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.