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.
A short, bubbly, redhead is who you see when I walk down the hallway. But that’s not who I am, and even though this school is closer than most, people only know what I allow them to. I credit who I am to my family, the experiences I’ve been through, and this school. So, thank you, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, for letting me grow, and for letting me create great friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
While I have been extremely grateful for my years here at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, I inevitably encountered many instances where I had a longing for home, and an inclination to be a normal high schooler again. I counted the days on a calendar and chose to wait, and decided not to live in the moment. But as the weeks and months went by, I realized that I did not come here to be miserable. I also grasped the fact that many people around the globe have it much worse than I do, so I should be grateful for the path I am on, since it is the one that I chose.
This concept of gratefulness is one I hear constantly preached at home by my parents. According to one study, approximately fourteen percent of American households do not maintain enough food for a nutritionally valuable meal. Yes I complain; sometimes I don’t always like what’s for dinner, and sometimes even though I enjoy history, I do not always want to write an article on it. Be that as it may, I am lucky enough to be a part of a world where I do not have to go hungry and possess the ability to receive a well-rounded education with friendly peers.