Senior Speeches: The Power of Friendship

November 04, 2016


“That is what this opportunity today is about: to give thought to my life, and to come to a realization about who I am, how I’ve changed, and about the realization of who my true friends really are, and what great influences these friends have on my life.”

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.

John Curran

I struggled with a problem of letting things go and not worrying about what others thought. These thoughts affected everything I did from soccer to school, and they kept getting worse and worse. Sometimes, they would keep me up at night to the point where I could barely get any sleep.  

But when I met my best friend the summer of my sophomore year, things started to change. Throughout that year, I was able to talk to her about the thoughts I was having and she would tell me the opposite, and give me proof of how I was wrong. This continued for the longest time, though every day was a little bit better. Letting small things go like name calling, for example, was a start and it honestly helped improve my life. To this day, I still struggle with this problem, but every day, it gets a little better. If people do tune out, that’s okay. This experience is for me.

So in the end, I did have an experience in my life that changed me for the better, and that is worth sharing today. I guess that is what this opportunity today is about: to give thought to my life, and to come to a realization about who I am, how I’ve changed, and about the realization of who my true friends really are, and what great influences these friends have on my life.

Imani Paluku

I am forever grateful to everyone who helped me during this difficult time. I also thank my current roommates for pushing me to be the best person I can be on and off the field. They are always there for me and are always trying to make sure that I smile so I can forget about my injury.

I’ve been through a lot of difficult times in my life, and I know that I can always count on my mother to support me. She has always been there in my life, and I know that if I ever get in trouble or need someone to talk to, she is the first person I would go to.

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