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You Were Smarter When You Were Six

Rehan Choudhry, founder of the Life is Beautiful festival, on separating work and fun. He’s the keynote speaker for the UNLV academic induction ceremony, Aug. 21.

Rehan Choudhry, founder of the Life Is Beautiful festival, is one of the featured speakers for UNLV Creates, which will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 21 as part of new student Welcome Day. The series of talks emphasize the importance of creativity, inspiration and discovery for new college students. The entire campus community is invited to attend. Here Choudhry talks about the pitfalls of separating work and fun.

I was 6 years old when I started struggling in school. Every day after school, like any other kid, I would spend time doing my homework. But homework was more than just a couple hours of focused study time. I really struggled.

I still remember the day my mother came into my room to check on me. She found me jumping on my bed pretending to play the guitar while screaming the chorus of Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” at the top of my lungs. I struggled to stay focused, and I had a hard time retaining the information. Yes, I reassured her, math, English, and history were all important and I wanted to be an A student. I secretly daydreamed of playing guitar in a band, but I knew my impromptu air-guitar jam sessions were just for fun.  Please click here to continue…

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