“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
I will love.
And my voice will be heard on my own terms – strong and powerful, yet sincere and heartfelt.
"You are capable but maybe too quiet," a teacher once told me while at high school.
"You may be too nice to be successful in this industry," a well-meaning mentor advised as I started my career.
For a moment, I thought maybe I ought to shout louder until my voice is heard? Or become more aggressive to prove I belong?
But my Christian-rooted belief that love is the ultimate gift has never changed. And while love is bold, love does not scream. Rather, love listens, shows empathy, and speaks with conviction.
I will be most impactful being true to myself.
Home is where my heart is. I am going to invest in the economic development of Africa so that the promise my generation sees today can become a reality for the next.
As I pursue this journey, I know that who I am, and how I impact the people in my life, matters more than what accomplishments I achieve.
— Dami Adesanya
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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