The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture


Randy Pausch

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Obnoxious Student Character Analysis

One of Randy’s students who has difficulty receiving feedback from other students that he’s hard to work with. Randy imparts on this student the same lesson that Andy Van Dam imparted to him—that others perceive him as arrogant, and it’s going to limit what he’s able to accomplish. Subsequently, after Randy’s feedback, the student changes his behavior.
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Obnoxious Student Character Timeline in The Last Lecture

The timeline below shows where the character Obnoxious Student appears in The Last Lecture. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 24: A Recovering Jerk
Teaching, Learning, and Feedback Loops Theme Icon
Obstacles as Opportunities Theme Icon
Attitude and Positive Behavior Theme Icon
...what quartile they fell into (top 25%, bottom 25%, near the middle, etc.). When one Obnoxious Student sees he is ranked in the bottom 25%, he’s unfazed and doesn’t change his behavior.... (full context)