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Music Applause so happy to be in the bubble aren't you all the luckiest people in the world oh my god hi Oprah so we have been so excited and eagerly anticipating this day this campus has been buzzing since the announced announcement was made last week that you'd be coming here and I received a buzz I'm so glad you know I still have buzz so good I received a lot of support and advice from my friends and that was really great and I just wanted to say I think the best advice I heard was don't worry Amanda if you mess up Oprah can just interview herself so if I falter feel free to ask yourself some questions and while I love again but to get things started I want I thought we'd frame today's talk with framing three sections with quotes of yours that you shared after wrapping up your 25th season and final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show and I thought some of these quotes I mean you share so much wisdom but these really spoke to me and thought would be a great way to frame our discussion so this first one that I will read for everyone and for you so you don't have to strain your neck um you have to know what sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world so I wanted to take this time to talk about your early career and how you discovered your calling so let's go back to when your college age did you know that you wanted to get into TV and media specifically no I did not I thought that I was going to be a teacher I was in my sophomore class at Tennessee State University I had already been working in radio since I was 16 and my I remember I was in mr. Cox's drawing class for theatre and I was terrible drawer he said I couldn't draw a straight line with a ruler and and I got a call in that class from a guy at the local station CBS and he'd been calling me several times when I was working in radio so I started working in radio at 16 I won the Miss fire-prevention contest another long story and so when I went back to the station to pick up my prize some guy said would you like to hear your voice on tape I said sure and I started reading this copy on tape they called everybody in the building said hear this kid read I was 16 they hired me in radio so I was in radio at 16 and so I started getting calls about my freshman year to come into television I'd never thought about it and still was living at home and couldn't figure out how it managed those I had biology at one o'clock and so I couldn't figure out how I would be able to manage my schedule and mr. Cox said to me the one same-same professor said you can't draw a straight line with a ruler he said I came back from from taking this phone call and he said who was that I said there's this guy at CBS he keeps calling me he wants me to interview for job and mr. Cox said that is why you go to school fool so that CBS can call you that is why you're in school so I said you do you leave now and go call him back and and I did and I was hired in television not knowing anything about it mm-hmm having in mind Barbara Walters but thinking okay I can do that not knowing how to write or film or anything and I think it was because it was the it was the times and I literally had somebody who was willing to work with me that I managed to to find my way but I had to find my way because the reporting never really fit me and what did work for me I'm this old I'm so old that when I started that it was a year of live action cam and so it's like video cameras live until the news stations would do a live a live shot they would throw to somebody live even if nothing was going on just so they could say live action cam and what I found is I wasn't so good at the writing part but if I was just standing up and talking about what it just happened it was really good and then I started to feel so I started in nineteen working in television became an anchor immediately afterwards my father still had an eleven o'clock curfew can you believe such a thing that I am I am the ten o'clock anchor in Nashville Tennessee I am the woman on the newscast reading the news and my father would say be home by 11:00 and I take Edie the news is on at 10:00 he goes in it's off at 10:30 so beyond 11:00 so I had a very strict very strict father so anyway I I could feel inside myself that reporting was not the right thing for me even though I was happy to have the job right I got an offer to go to Atlanta I was making $10,000 a year in 1971 but still in college so I was thinking I was doing pretty good I got an offer to go to Atlanta for 40,000 which I thought it's over I'm gonna make $40,000 and my boss at the time said to me you do not know what you don't know and you need to stay here until you can learn to write better until you can perfect your craft as as a journalist and so I he said and we can't give you 40 but we can