Hazard Zet Forward (Forward despite difficulty) Seton Hall University
Per Aspera Ad Astra (Through adversity to the stars) Stevens Institute of Technology
Palma Non Sine Pulvere (No reward without effort) Greensboro College
Perseverantia Vincit (Perseverance conquers) Temple University
Virtus Tentanime Gaudet (Strength Rejoices in the challenge) Hillsdale College
Maybe it’s not the accounting, the marketing, the finance or the French. It may not be the fraternity, sorority, internship or sports.
It might be carved in stone somewhere on campus, easily missed by students rushing to and from class and anxious about tomorrow’s test, Friday’s date, and next year’s job prospects.
But it’s there, the answer, a conspicuous secret, and serves as an important takeaway from four years at college. But these mottos–timeless short blurbs in Latin–often aren’t fully understood without the benefit of experience.