Senior Speeches: Emma Yan

December 01, 2017

“SSM is a place where everybody is all in, and where you can find lots of opportunities to try new and different things.”

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.

Throughout the 2017-18 school year, we will share these speeches with the SSM community and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.

Emma Yan

“When Mr. McKinley told me our rough draft was due September 4th, I had no idea what should I say. I thought maybe I could just say “All In” one hundred times, and pronounce it each time a little differently, like All In(-), All In(/), All In(\/) All In(\)…

“Anyway, you got the point. SSM is a place where everybody is all in, and where you can find lots of opportunities to try new and different things! Sign up for an outdoor module and go skiing with Mr. Bailey! Take a trip to Bluebird and decorate cakes with Ms. Scheel! Watch an opera with Mr. Cav and enjoy a fancy supper. It’s free! And if you love sushi, tell Ms. Cav. or Ms. Linda, and they will organize modules for sushi making! So, juniors, what are you waiting for? Just sign up for as many modules as you can. Try something new and learn useful life skills! And if there’s a module teaching how to make a boyfriend, I’ll be the first one to sign up.

“Our School is so creative and innovative. Besides these interesting modules, blended classes are also my favorite. On the old schedule, you had to try to ask teachers two or three questions after class, and then rush all the way from Lower Kingham to the Crow’s Nest in only five minutes. Nice try. But now you have blended days! I know that’s amazing, no school on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and you don’t need to be in a hurry all the time. And a blended day for me is a perfect chance to ask teachers for help and finish homework. I remember last year I always went to Mr. Ray’s class to work on web signs, and if I had any questions, Mr. Ray would help me immediately. That’s very efficient, and usually I could even complete the weekend’s homework before Friday. So, my experience is that if use your time wisely, you have no harsh time on Monday night.

“The scenery of SSM is super charming: the aromatic purple flowers beside the entrance door; the big French window in Fayfield; the golden “ginkgo leaf carpet” in autumn, and the warm sunshine shining through the windows of the library. This is our home, our pretty and lovely home, and we should take care of it.

“Guess my favorite place at SSM. It’s weCreate. I love to stay in weCreate, not because the network there is faster, but it’s a place where you can show your creativity and make your fantastic ideas come true. PS: my Perfume Club is also located in weCreate. If you have special ideas, here is such a great opportunity for you. Don’t be shy to speak it out. Tell Ms. Vagle, and she will be sure to help you.

“SSM is our home, but it’s more than that for me - it’s my best memories. Thank you, Mr. Inman, for always helping me organize my perfume module and activities. Thank you, Mr. Boone. You’re the kindest teacher who always helps with my projects, and always gives me an A+. Thank you, Ms. Molter. Without you, I might have dropped Calculus and never gotten two fives on the AP exam. And thank you, Mr. G and Mr. Bergemaister, for giving me the chance to join such an amazing community.

“Thank you all.”

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