John Grisham's advice to recent graduates is "leave the country."

Speaking at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg on Friday, the author of "The Firm" and "A Time to Kill" was promoting voluntarism overseas, not a permanent exodus to foreign shores.

REST} "Pack up your bags and go someplace where you are needed, where you can help people," Grisham said. "Just go for a year or two."

Those who do may learn that the United States isn't so bad compared to other countries.

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