At the close of the last lecture in Government 1 in the New Lecture Hall yesterday morning President Lowell made a short address. This was the last lecture which he will deliver to the undergraduates and when he finished, in answer to the applause of the class he said "Thank you, gentlemen, very much. There is one saddening thought about this, as it is the last lecture I shall ever give."
President Lowell spoke on College life. First he spoke of the benefits which a man should get from a college education, saying that the social opportunities were a very great advantage. He dwelt on the power of growth, both physical and intellectual, as being essential and to be developed evenly. One should not overdo any special subject but should try all. Specialization is to be avoided in college. A man should make his acquaintance as large as possible, and his friends should not all be of one set. By making friends with men from every section you not only benefit yourself but also the country by bringing the men of different sections nearer together.
In closing he spoke of the elective system. A man should have complete mastery of one subject and a slight knowledge of several. The best guide in this is the Degree with Distinction, in any subject, but preferably not too closely allied with the study which is to be your life work.