Friday, May 6, 2016

To the Class of 2016

I recently got done writing my farewell speech for my lit class and it hit me that I will be graduating in just a few short weeks. I'm so thankful for the person that I have become and it is all thanks to the amazing opportunities and people that I have met throughout my time in high school, whether it was a life-changing class, a trip to California, an awesome teacher or a club that allowed me to discover my passion.  I am so filled with mixed emotions, and I can't help shed a tear every time I experience a "last". I wanted to share my farewell speech with you all, as well as a few videos that have brought me comfort in this time of year. I want to encourage all of you to write your own farewell speech as I feel it is the perfect way to close off this chapter of your life and prepare for your bright future ahead, think of it as the graduation speech that most people never get to write. 

My Farewell Speech:
I entered high school confused about who I was and what my place in this school would be. I didn't know what I wanted to be involved in or who I wanted to hang out with. My freshman year I was plagued with this confusion, I was worried about everything. As a result, it was my least enjoyable year. My sophomore year I found Key Club, most people have never heard of Key club but that was ok with me. For me, it was the club that helped me find myself because it introduced me to community service. As a result, I fell in love with helping others. I finally had discovered my passion and what I wanted to do with my free time. My involvement with Key Club only grew, and that is what I’m most thankful to Key Club for, for pushing me out of my comfort zone, for giving me the leadership roles and for forcing me out of my shell. As a result, I have met amazing people and got to do wonderful things to help others. My sophomore year I decided to join the tennis team, thanks to one of my friends. Despite my lack of athletic ability, she let me take lessons with her and helped me to fall in love with the sport. Tennis will always be special to me not only because it introduced me to a group of amazing girls and a loving coach, but because it brought me back to my best friend. The girl I met when I first moved here in 3rd grade, who I was friends with for several years before I was stupid and lost her. I was reunited with her, and I knew it was for a reason. Little did I know by my senior year she would become my best friend, the girl I can trust with anything. The girl I will be crushed to leave in just 3 short months. My junior year tested me academically as I struggled through classes like AP physics and US history. I learned getting a B is ok, and failing an AP exam stinks but it is not the end of the world. I learned everything is not going to be perfect. So my mission for senior year was simply to live in the moment, to enjoy everything, football games, prom, sleepovers with my friends, even oral reading checks.  And I’m happy to say I accomplished that. As I say my goodbyes to this school and prepare to move 300 miles away to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the fall I want to thank North Forsyth High school for being everything a high school should be. A place with wonderful teachers, friendly students, abundant opportunities, and most importantly a place that gives you the ability to discover who you truly are.  

Videos I Love:

I hope this post brought a little comfort to all of you graduating seniors, like me!

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