Convocation 2019: Melissa's words

September 03, 2019 by Guest Student Author

Convocation speech delivered by Melissa Ndabarasa '20, student Co-Head of School.

Welcome and good morning parents, students, faculty and staff. Can you imagine we are going into the year 2020? According to affinity numerology, the energy represented by the number 2020 has a resonance of focus and relationships. It also resonates with conscientiousness, pragmatism, and teamwork, and contains infinite potential.

We are no longer in our teen years of this century; it is coming to an end and a new era shall begin. Now we must move forward and carry with us the memories we made in our teenage years of this century and create new ones in this new age. We have to ask ourselves, "Why am I here?" Because all of us, and I mean all of us, were put on this earth for a purpose; we are not here by accident. Some of us may already know what we have to and others might take longer to figure out, but none of us are bench warmers and the world needs us all.

As we begin this year, let’s look back and honestly appreciate how far we have come and understand how far we need to go, in whatever way this may apply to oneself, and in doing so, let’s help each other get to where we need to be. There is so much that is wrong in this world that can consume someone. Let us be the light at the end of the tunnel for ourselves and each other, let us work as a team to create a better community and world for one another, but let’s not forget to cherish the silliest and goofiest moments of ourselves and our friends. Let’s work together to not be consumed by the wrongs of this world but work to fight against them.

This is a year filled with infinite potential that we all have; let’s make it memorable in whatever way possible, small or big, quiet or loud, sad or happy. These are the things that come with being human, unless you sneak into Area 51 and try to become one with the aliens, but no, we are supposed to be here with each other.

So let’s please take it one step at a time and not overwhelm ourselves, I know it can seem like a competition out here, but the only way we can truly win is if we compete with ourselves and not one another.

So let’s Live. Laugh. And Love, and let’s make 2020 our year!!!!!

Written by Guest Student Author

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