Be the First Penguin
Randy told students that experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. In his computer science classes, he created the "First Penguin Award," which celebrated students whose projects turned out to be "ambitious but glorious failures." The title of the award came from the notion that when penguins are about to jump into water that might contain predators, well, somebody's got to be the first penguin.
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