Spoken Word: You Have To Be Tough Enough To Serve


A new video, “You Have To Be Tough To Serve,” premiered this weekend to kick off Orientation for the class of 2018.

Inspired by the research that led to the idea for adding three simple words (“tough enough to”) before the standing Wheelock tagline (“inspire a world of good”), Wheelock graduate Lissa Piercy, BSW ’14, wrote and performed a spoken word piece framed by the results of that research and illustrated by stories she collected from her classmates.

This spoken word piece springs from the gross generalizations about those who choose to serve others, the lack of understanding for the challenges they face and overcome daily, and the rewards of a life built around helping others – as servant, not savior.

Lissa’s passion and poem would make Lucy Wheelock proud. We learn, then we serve, then we learn.

In a world of injustice, nothing ever changes – until someone is tough enough to challenge the existing order. Most people find it’s easier to look the other way. But there are always a few bold souls who simply can’t. They’re the ones who stand up, speak out, sit in, and generally refuse to shut up. Are you one of them?

The serving professions (teaching, social work, juvenile justice, community health, child life, etc.) are made up of people with inner fortitude – humble champions committed to changing the world, one person at a time.

It’s all about patience, endurance, and teamwork. Most people aren’t tough enough to stick with a struggling kid, vowel after vowel, word after word. But then, there are the stubborn few who don’t know how the meaning of “quit.” Who show up. Stay with it. And, in the end, who save a child’s future.

Are You Tough Enough To Inspire a World of Good?