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BOLD - Education and Civic Duty

This is the fourth installment of BOLD - A University of St. Thomas Podcast, a series that creates a dialogue and aims to inspire, encourage and aid students—current and prospective— to “Be Your Bold Self.” New episodes are published bi-weekly. If you have an idea for a potential podcast guest or topic, send them to Darnell Miller at dmiller@stthom.edu.

UST Alumni, lawyer and judge Michael Landrum ’73 speaks with Alex Yemeck about his experience attending UST in the 70’s. He shares how his liberal arts education has aided him across his career in law, serving him as a practitioner of law as well as a judge appointed by Rick Perry. Landrum also speaks about cultivating a rich spiritual life and how that influences how he approaches his profession.

Watch a video version of the podcast here.


00:01:15 - Landrum shares a brief overview of his background.

00:03:25 -The UST experience of the 70’s

00:05:00- Getting Involved with film and drama

00:05:55 - How UST Prepares you for life

00:07:18 - Landrum’s best memories from UST

00:09:22 - College is a time to discover oneself

00:11:30 - Defining moments of his career

00:18:20 - What drives Landrum’s work ethic

00:21:30 - How Landrum’s Catholic Faith influences his work

00:24:20 - Advice for getting the most out of a college education

During the Podcast, Alex asked Landrum what tips he would offer college students to find fulfilment in their careers. He offered the following advice:

  1. Make the best use of your time at college.
    Don’t pass up the opportunity to participate with other groups on campus and become involved in other things.
  2. Take philosophy and theology seriously
    Even though it may be an inconvenience to you, warm up to the theology and philosophy classes. You may not feel like it is useful to you right now, but there will be a time in your life when it will be.
  3.  Maintain balance in your life.
    Education is important, but so is your life outside of school. Continue being a member of your faith community, your civic community and your family. Study is important but don't let it take over.
  4. Never stop learning
    Remain open because there is so much that we can never learn it all. People are just fascinating. Listen to that voice and let that voice tell you where you need to be and what you need to be doing. It may take a while. 


Resource from this episode

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