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Megan McArdle '90: "Facts Are Complicated. The World Is Messy."
Posted 05/14/2019 02:18PM

Megan McArdle '90 speaks to students after her talk. 


Megan McArdle '90, a columnist for The Washington Post and author of "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success," spoke at an Upper School assembly today as part of the Class of 1957 Speaker Series.

McArdle, whose columns have a libertarian perspective, encouraged students to think about issues from multiple perspectives and to tolerate others who may have radically different points of view. 

Similarly, she encouraged students to approach their own life decisions with an open mind. "Wander around and try stuff," she said.

"Your lives are going to have way more randomness than you expect now," she said. "There are no guarantees." 

She continued: "That is why I love journalism — it's about not knowing what you are doing and figuring it out. Your lives are going to be like that too. You're going to figure it out."

Watch her talk here. 



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