He Gave a Graduation Speech and It's Great

by Alicia Lutes

When it comes to growing up and taking chances in the digital age, when everything is essentially permanent and the Internet never forgets, it can be an incredibly intimidating prospect to take a chance or start something new. That undoubtedly goes doubly for 2014's college graduates who are undertaking the largest amount of student debt in our country's history. Thankfully, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Charlie Day has some pretty good advice about all of that.

"Don't give a shit."

When Day accepted the gig of giving the commencement address at his alma mater, Merrimack College, he did what any human of the 21st century would do: he went to YouTube. Watching the greats — Conan O'Brien, Steve Jobs, Steve Carell — as a source of inspiration only left him feeling completely debilitated on the intelligent and inspirational front. Particularly after seeing all the Internet comments of snarkery geared towards these great speeches. "Oh, the world of snarky comments we're living in," Day joked. "And perhaps that's the most terrifying thing of all. That what we do now is permanent." But Day persevered by doing what he always does: taking a risk on himself and creating the opportunity — in this case, the speech — that he wanted. And guess what? It totally freaking worked. Sometimes betting on yourself pays off.

It's a solid reminder at a time when students are inundated with risk and opportunity, when taking the safer path oftentimes feels like the best option, to maybe go with your gut instead. "Don't wait for your break, make your break," Day said. "Go make it happen for yourself."