I’d first like to take a moment to thank my parents. I know you are so proud of all of my achievements but, none of that compares to how proud I am to say I have the two of you as my parents. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done to get me to this point. I can’t wait to continue my educational career knowing I have my two biggest supporters always in my corner. And I would like to thank my sister because without her blazing the way, I wouldn’t have a clue how to fill out any of my papers or lab notebooks without the unconditional love she gave me while we fought filling them out.
And now I turn to the class of 2021, there’s so much to say but so little time. Considering this will probably be the last time we are all gathered in one place together let’s take a moment to reflect on all of the good memories we’ve all had together whether over the last twelve or two years. Although we are all entering a new chapters of our lives after today, there’s a couple things I would like to share with all of you.
The first being to always bet on yourself. You are capable of so much if you don’t sell yourself short and, it may be hard at times but just know you are worth it. Because at the end of the day you will be the only person consistently in your life no matter what. It can be scary investing so much into yourself because today is only the beginning but when the end is near it is important to be able to look back with few to no regrets. As said by the late John Wayne, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyways.” This leads me into my second point; regrets.
Regret is defined as, “a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong or about a mistake that you have made, and a wish that it could have been different and better:” Live your life with as few regrets as possible. Never leave anything on the table. Make sure you hug your mom before you leave, and that you always make time to tell your loved ones just how much you love them. You will only have one chance in this world to be the most authentic self you can be, so make sure you seize that opportunity every day. With that being said take every opportunity that comes into your life, and on the off chance it ends poorly it is a lesson well learned.
Lastly my final point, developing the ability to foresee how some friendships, activities, relationships, and even actions are going to end whether good or bad is a skill that helps greatly in life. For the ladder it is important to be able to predict how something could go wrong to be able to remove yourself from that situation or change the ending entirely. “You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it,” as stated by Roy T. Bennett. You are not responsible for others actions but you are for your own and that is important to remember, because complacency with past actions does not forgive future actions.
I can’t wait to see what each of you choose to do moving forward. I wish you the best of luck with all of your endeavors. I will leave you with this final remark from our 44th president Mr. Barack Obama, “The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on.” Thank you.