Engineering student gives epic speech to incoming freshmen at Georgia Tech

Dylan Stableford
Yahoo! News

Nicholas Selby, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, took to the stage earlier this week to welcome incoming freshman to the public research university in Atlanta.

A video of Selby's speech uploaded to YouTube billed it as "epic" — and it was exactly that.

"We chose Georgia Tech because we want to do the impossible," Selby, addressing the incoming class of 2,700, said. "And this school is equipped with the resources and faculty to help us do just that."

Backed by the "2001: A Space Odyssey" theme music, the mechanical engineering student then launched into a motivational monologue, his voice rising as he spoke.

"Our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, Nobel Prize laureates or the presidents that graduated before us but to exceed their footsteps, crush the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand!" Selby screamed. "If you want to change the world, you're at Georgia Tech, you can do that! If you want to build the 'Iron Man' suit, you're at Georgia Tech, you can do that! If you want to play theme music during your convocation speech like a badass, we're at Georgia Tech, we can do that! I am doing that!"

Selby, deservedly, received a standing ovation.