An article by The Forum about theatre arts major, Mark Lindquist.
By: Ryan Johnson, INFORUM
Mark Lindquist is a nontraditional student majoring in theater arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead and owns a motivational speaking company, Breath is Limited. Lindquist said he discovered his passion for performing at the age of 30, when his service in the Air Force gave him the chance to emcee and be lead vocalist of the Tops in Blue traveling group that entertains troops around the world. Carrie Snyder / The Forum
MOORHEAD – If Mark Lindquist had picked a career at the age of 19, when he was a freshman at Concordia College, he’d be an elementary school teacher today.
If he had to decide at 24, when he took classes at the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, he’d be putting a political science degree to use.
Instead, the 32-year-old is a military veteran, actor, businessman, leader of a new nonprofit organization and a theater arts junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Lindquist said he discovered his passion for performing at the age of 30, when his service in the Air Force gave him the chance to emcee and be lead vocalist of the Tops in Blue traveling group that entertains troops around the world.
But he said he’s lucky – four out of five people aren’t passionate about what they’re doing, according to a study by Deloitte.
Lindquist focused on the problem during a recent TEDx talk in Minot, N.D., telling the audience that the pressure on 19- or 20-year-olds to pick their major and career for the rest of their lives often results in “the most uninformed decision” they’ll ever make.
“One of the things that I pointed to in the TEDx talk was to say, ‘Hey, wait a second, what if we could just take a step back and not force our young people into making these decisions before they have the chance to live life and discover what really makes them tick?’ ” he said. “Go have an adventure that would better inform the decisions that you’re about to make.”
GETTING A BREAK
Lindquist was born in an orphanage in Seoul, South Korea, and was adopted eight months later by a family in Ortonville, Minn. Read the rest of this entry →