What matters is not what you do in life, but what you leave behind. With these words, renowned American Judge Frank Caprio addressed a classroom of students during a visit to American University of Sharjah (AUS) today.
Judge Caprio is former Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Providence in the US and his compassionate rulings made him a global viral sensation on social media, earning him the reputation as “The Nicest Judge in the World.”
During his AUS visit, Judge Caprio met with Dr. Susan Mumm, Chancellor of AUS, where he was briefed about the history of the university, its programs and student body. He also met with members of the AUS Student Council and a group of international exchange students at the university. Judge Caprio’s campus visit is on the sidelines of the 12th International Government Communication Forum in Sharjah where he was keynote speaker.
“It is not important how you start but how you finish. Study hard, go out, conquer the world and never give up. Perseverance is key. Remember the road is not paved with gold and it is bumpy so don’t you ever quit,” he said during his visit to an American History class at the university.
Reflecting on his upbringing, Judge Caprio shared that he came from a humble immigrant family that believed in the transformative power of education. From shining shoes, delivering newspapers to working on a milk truck, his modest beginnings and family love were the driving force behind his success.
“My mother always said, people will take away many things from you in life but can never take away your education. What you do now will dictate the rest of your future. Remember, the family is the basic unit of society and when you start your own, everything you do will affect them. You will set an example for your children. Sometimes we pay attention to small things and forget about the bigger issues like being good to your neighbour, helping people in need, taking care of your health and so on,” he said.
AUS students expressed their excitement for meeting Judge Caprio.
“Meeting Judge Caprio was an enjoyable and inspiring opportunity. The fact that AUS gives us the chance to meet with prominent figures in academia and industry is a testament to the university’s commitment to offer students as much exposure as possible before they head out to the real world. Judge Caprio is a role model and he inspires me to be a better person and do good in the world,” said Mira Daoud, accounting major and President of AUS Student Council.
American University of Sharjah (AUS) was founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan articulated his vision of a distinctive institution against the backdrop of Islamic history and in the context of the aspirations and needs of contemporary society in the UAE and the Gulf region.
Firmly grounded in principles of meritocracy and with a strong reputation for academic excellence, AUS has come to represent the very best in teaching and research, accredited internationally and recognized by employers the world over for creating graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and drive to lead in the 21st century.
AUS values learners not driven only by academic success, but by those that embrace our dynamic campus life and embody our ideals of openness, tolerance and respect. This combination of academic excellence and community spirit ensures AUS is filled with world-class faculty and students, poised to become the innovators, thinkers, contributors and leaders of tomorrow.