Senior Speeches: Discovering Self-Confidence and Perspective

September 20, 2016


“At the end of my freshman year, what I thought was dehydration turned into something so much more. I got hit with what I thought was a mountain: diabetes…”

Each year, seniors at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School deliver a speech to their peers on a topic of their choosing in the Newhall Auditorium. Often equal parts clever and moving, emotional and personal, each speech offers a glimpse into the lives, experiences, struggles, and triumphs of SSM seniors.

Periodically throughout the 2016-2017 school year, we will share excerpts of those speeches with the SSM community, and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.

Clair DeGeorge

Being more comfortable in my skin has allowed me to venture into other interests other than hockey. Starting junior year, I made the decision to join the BioScience Program. Not only was this a new challenge and opportunity to learn, but it was a time for me to accept myself for who I am: a nerd. I can proudly stand here and say that I love to learn new things, and sit with others having an intriguing discussion about the digestive system. Before joining BioScience, I denied to myself that I enjoyed learning, but I am thankful for having been given the opportunity to make this realization.

Finding my confidence and realizing my goals in life have paid off more than I could have ever hoped for. I can say I am happier than I have ever been, and am surrounded by friends and family who care so much about me.

Brette Pettet

I really didn’t think much about it then, as I was busy all day, working out and playing hockey. Most people do not consume enough water, so I just thought the cramps in my legs, and dizzy spells, were symptoms of dehydration. At the end of my freshman year, what I thought was dehydration turned into something so much more. I got hit with what I thought was a mountain: diabetes…

 …But most importantly, my parents have taught me to understand that although I have had some setbacks in my teenage years, I am still a very lucky girl with endless opportunities ahead of me.

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