Everyday is a new day, a new learning experience. It is in our capacity to choose what kind of education we will have. We can choose to adhere to principles of the best institutions in the world. We can choose to all be learners and teachers. Excellence is in the commitment to both teaching and scholarship.
In a speech made to incoming students, Harvard President Drew Faust said the following:
As you get started at Harvard, one thing to remember about a research university is this fundamental premise: we are all teachers and we are all learners. In every seminar and laboratory and archive, we cultivate the habits of civil and curious inquiry, of capacious mind and spirit, in order to reconstruct, re-vision, and reformulate what is known. Professors, graduate students, and undergraduates alike must believe in this double commitment of teaching and scholarship, and its continuum of discovery, and of learning.