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James Comey Educational Background: Is James Comey well educated?

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Confirmed as the seventh director of the FB on September 14th of 2013, James Comey came under scrutiny after announcing a reopening of the Clinton e-mail investigation less than 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. While his impact on the election cannot be quantified, many believe that he may have swung the hotly contested race in Donald Trump’s favor. Before he assumed his current position, James Comey worked as the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. After leaving the Department of Justice in 2005, he went on to serve as a senior vice prudent at Lockheed Martin. After almost a decade away from the government, Comey assumed his current role in the public sector. However, long before he was an attorney, James was just another kid growing up in Allendale.

Born on December 4th of 1960, James Comey was one of four children belonging to James Brien and Joan Comey.  While born in Yonkers, James spent most of his formative years growing up in New Jersey. After attending local elementary schools, he completed his primary education at Northern Highlands Regional High School. It was during his senior year at Northern Highlands that James underwent an ordeal he credits with changing his life. One evening, he and his brother Matthew found themselves imprisoned in their own home by a notorious serial rapist. Though they escaped unscathed, it allowed James to develop an empathy for his clients that’s not found in all attorneys. These twenty-four hours helped determine his life for years to come. After graduating from Northern Highlands, he went on to join the ranks of William and Mary, majoring in chemistry and religion.

The second oldest school in the US, the College of William of Mary is sometimes called the Alma Mater of the Nation. It’s at this school that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson received their secondary education.  Comey graduated from this illustrious school in 1982 following four years of liberal-arts based coursework. From there, he set his sights on becoming a lawyer. To fulfill this dream, Comey then enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School. Two years after enrolling, Comey received his Juris Doctorate from that same university.



Elon Musk College Education Background

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Elon Musk was born June 28, 1971 in South Africa, now residing in Los Angles, California.

Musk is a world famous and highly educated engineer, inventor and business magnate.

At the age of 19, Musk was accepted into Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for undergraduate. He was there for two years until he transferred to University of Pennsylvania. There, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and his economics degree at its Wharton School of Business.

In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the Internet.

 

 

 



Shaunae Miller Education Background at University of Georgia

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Shaunae Miller is a Bahamian sprinter from Nassau, Bahamas. She was born April 15, 1994 to parents Mabelene and Shaun Miller.

After completing high school education at St. Augustine’s College in the Bahamas, she now lives in Athens and is enrolled at the University of Georgia.

In 2013, she set a school record in the 400m at 51.57.

At the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics, Miller was the first Bahamian to win the 400 meter sprint.

At the 2016 Olympics, she won a Gold medal in the 400 meter.

You can follow Shaunae on Twitter – @hey_itsshaunae

 



Simone Biles Educational Background

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Born on March 14, 1997, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was born unfortunately born to her mother, Shanon Biles, who had a drug and alcohol addiction and was unable to care for her. She lived with Shanon’s father and stepmother in a north texas suburb near Houston.

Simone first started gymnastics at 6 years of age and eventually started training at Bannon’s Gymnastix. She eventually caught the eye of trainer Aimee Boorman and started training with her. Boorman is still with her at every competition.

Secondary education

Simone spent all of her secondary education homeschooled from 8th grade to high school and graduated in summer 2015. She said it was a sacrifice she needed to make to focus on her career.

“I didn’t get the high school opportunity, but it always worked out” says Biles.

College and Professional Career

Simone tweeted her verbal commitment to UCLA on August 4, 2014, where she planned to attend college after the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

On July 29, 2015, she announced she was going professional and giving up college eligibility due to NCAA rules.

 



Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups.

Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening.

Now she’s ready to move on past all the talk about a cup and move on to more serious issues, namely awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence. Just a few days after being crowned, Kazantsev spoke about her own experience as a victim of domestic violence. Now she’s using her experience to help prevent others from landing themselves in similar situations.

In an interview on HuffPost Live Kazantsev said, “Women need to know how they should be treated. Women need to know what healthy relationships are, and as Miss America I hope to educate women. I hope to raise awareness on what that healthy relationship is because I didn’t know. That’s what happened with me – I just didn’t understand.”

As part of her duties as Miss America, Kazantsev will visit several college campuses to share her story and what can be learned from it.

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The 10 Best Celebrity College Commencement Speeches

Graduation memories are unfolding for college students at campuses across the country. Some are lucky enough to have speeches presented by the foremost thinkers of our time. Don’t discount them because of their celebrity. They’re bright, interesting, see the world from a different angle, and often leave otherwise stodgy commencement speeches feeling a little lighter.

We’ve rounded up the commencement speeches given by actors, actresses, and even tech giants that left us inspired, humbled, and in stitches.

In 2006, Stephen Colbert gave the commencement speech at Knox College, a private liberal arts school in Galesburg, IL. His opening remarks played on his thinly veiled real life/television persona. “I play someone on television named Stephen Colbert. He looks like me and talks like me, but with a straight face, says things he doesn’t mean. I’m not sure which one of us you invited here today.”

It didn’t take long to figure out which Stephen Colbert showed up. In his trademark farcical, news anchor style, he was light on the wisdom and heavy on “truthiness.” He somehow pulled off a law student/beer pong/Dred Scott joke, and claimed to have attended Knox College. “It doesn’t get reported much, partly because the press doesn’t do proper research, and partly because it’s not true,” he said.

It only took him 18 minutes, but he finally squeezed in some genuine remarks. He talked about his experience with improvisational comedy troupes, and how the spontaneity imitated life. “You’re about to start the greatest improv of all. You’ll have no script, no idea…and you are not in control. So say yes, and if you are lucky, people will say yes back,” he said. “Saying yes begins things, saying yes is how things grow. Yes is for young people, and that’s the word.” Read the rest of this entry »



Brian Tracy Found his Maximum Potential Despite Being a High School Dropout

To Brian Tracy, luck is foreseeable. Those with good luck have a reason for it. “If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often,” he says.

Brian Tracy was born in Canada in 1944. His early life was humble and he did not seem to have the makings for success, as he was born to a poor family and dropped out of high school. He worked as a laborer, then got a job on a tramp steamer and traveled around the world, visiting and living in many diverse countries. He eventually became a salesman, which started him on his path to success and helping others achieve success.

Tracy did not begin as a great salesperson, but worked hard and copied other good salesmen and read about their techniques. Soon he was the top salesperson in his company, and in two years went into management as vice president of the company. He eventually became the CEO of a $265 million development company.

Starting as a salesperson, Tracy later became involved in real estate, advertising, the auto industry, investments, training and consulting. He went back to school and got his MBA from the University of Alberta. He then developed his first training program that would become the book Maximum Potential (1995). Read the rest of this entry »



Michael Phelps Attended the University of Michigan While Training for the Olympics

Sports enthusiasts know that when it comes to Olympic greatness, Michael Phelps holds the crown. In London alone Phelps dominated his opponents to bring home four gold and two silver medals, which made the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 total medals. If that isn’t bragging rights, I’m not sure what is.

But before Olympic fame and glory there was education, which is an important thing to remember for young athletes aspiring to walk in Phelps’ footsteps. And even though Phelps never pursued a formal degree, he did still see value in taking classes and coupling athletics with academics as an intentional career move.

Phelps, who was born and raised in Towson, Maryland, attended Towson High School where he graduated in 2003. While he started swimming at the ripe age of seven, it wasn’t until later that he realized his true talent. A series of swim clubs and competitions led to his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at age 15, at which point he became the youngest male athlete to make a US Olympic team in 68 years. And even though he didn’t win any medals, his next three Olympic appearances would more than make up for it. Read the rest of this entry »



Comedians With Ivy League Degrees Prove Smart and Funny Go Hand-in-Hand

Hollywood is ripe with eclectic celebrities, a majority of whom reach stardom before they ever think about entering college. Perhaps to them, the fame and fortune is greater than a college degree. But there are some celebrities who go to college before diving head first into acting careers, including a surprising number of big name comedians.

Conan O’Brien received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1985, majoring in history and literature. He even graduated with honors and wrote for the Harvard Lampoon – a humor magazine at the university. Conan’s writing skills came in handy when he became a staff writer at Saturday Night Live, where he would occasionally appear on skits. Eventually, he started hosting his own television show, ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien,’ which he’s most well known for now. Taking a look at Conan’s resume, it’s not hard to see that this funny man is a smart one, too.

John Krasinski, known for his witty character on NBC’s sitcom “The Office,” attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. During his time there, Krasinski studied theatre arts where he was also part of a sketch comedy group. Around that time he landed an internship with the above-mentioned funny man on ‘Late Night With Conan O’Brien.’ In addition to an Ivy League college education, Krasinski also taught English in Costa Rica before attending school, which proves he has much more to offer than just his funny quips and good looks. Read the rest of this entry »



Tony Hsieh’s Career Has Delivered Happiness to Himself and Inspired Others

By Samantha Bandasack

Tony Hsieh is an Asian-American, of Taiwanese decent, who was born on December 12, 1973. Growing up the eldest of three boys in California’s BayArea, he attended the prestigious Branson School in Marin County. Like his career now, Hsieh was able to make the make the grades, but still know how to have fun. After high school, Tony attended and graduated from Harvard, where met Alfred Lin, who would become his business partners.

After graduation Hsieh went to work for Oracle and five months later found he was not a fit for the corporate world. Soon after leaving Oracle, he founded LinkExchange, which was a popular internet advertising cooperative. By 1997 the company had received $3 million in funding from Sequoia Capital. The company was growing at a rapid rate and in 1998 Microsoft bought it from Hsieh and his partners for $265 million dollars. Read the rest of this entry »





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