“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.
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.
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.