written and delivered by Yena (Molly) Li '17, Head of Student Body for the 2016-2017 school year.
Good morning everyone! My name is Molly Li, and I'm next year’s Head of Student Body. I was surprised how, when I started writing this speech, the first thing that came up to my mind was not how I liked the more freedom and wifi I had in Upper School, but how I’ve changed throughout these years. I remember three years ago, I was sitting here and waiting to become a freshman. At that time, I was very different from who I am now. I was weird, awkward and extremely quiet. I would not talk unless I’m a hundred percent sure what’s about to come out of my mouth is grammatically correct. Also, I would pass away just by thinking about giving a speech. However, throughout these three years, I had a lot of opportunities in which I learned how to push myself and to accept imperfections. Throughout these opportunities, I realized how amazing life is and how much we can stretch our limits.
The reason why we came to this world is to live a unique and colorful life. So, live your own life! Be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do! Don’t let other people tell you what to do with your life! Take a journey to chase after your dreams, because your dreams are the best dreams in the world. For you, high school is only one of the first steps you will take on your journey, where you will get to know yourself better. It is also where you will explore and develop your interests, talents, and your potentials. So step out of your comfort zone! Because if you do, you would often realize, surprisingly, “Wow, I also have the ability to do this!” When this happens, you’re one more step closer to your dream.
In the end, I want to tell you that life is full of surprises. Like, really filled with surprises. Most of the time you won’t even see them coming. Therefore, it is not important where you end up in life, but how you get there. Seventh graders, enjoy your last year in middle school, because once you enter high school, you will miss the time you have in middle school. Eighth graders, enjoy high school, no matter if it’s the painful part or the happy part, because both of them will become part of your valuable memory. I hope that when your hair turns grey and you remember your high school life, you can smile and say, "I was happy." For those of you that are leaving, I wish you the best in your new school. I have no doubt that you guys will all have a great life when you grow up, because each one of you are so awesome and talented in so many ways. Congratulations!