By Cindy Pasillas
My fellow students I would like to take this moment to applaud each and every single one of you here for making it to the finish line of this hectic but amazing four year journey.
From the moment we stepped foot on this campus we were presented with a multitude of obstacles that we had to overcome in order to be here at this very moment.
Those obstacles may have included adjusting to the transition of middle school to high school, finding your way around a much larger and unfamiliar campus, working twice as hard than your peers to pass a particular subject that may have been challenging, or maybe having to leave a group of friends because they weren’t the best influences.
For some of us we’ve had to deal with more personal barriers that may have had a direct effect on our academic performance if we would’ve allowed it to. It could’ve been depression, anxiety, ADHD, bad home lives, abusive relationships, mourning the loss of a loved one, or bullying.
I could go on but my point is we’ve all had our fair share of hurdles to surpass in the past four years and we have been able to prevail regardless of what was put in our path. Overcoming these obstacles was not effortless or painless we had to put forth effort, time, and work to do so.
For a large majority of us we didn’t have to do this completely alone we had some type of a support group to help when we needed a nudge in the right direction. Whether it be a parent, counselor, or teacher that helped you on your journey be sure to let them know how eternally grateful you are for the time they dedicated on helping you become a more put together successful human being. Thanks to them we took control of the impediments that may have otherwise stumped us along the way.
They’ve not only assisted us in our high school careers but they helped us learn a valuable lesson by not letting us quit when things got rough.
We’ve now acquired the skills of being persistent and resilient individuals. These are skills that we will take with us beyond our years in high school they’re skills that will stick with us forever even out in the real world. Whether you end up at a university, community college, the workforce, or wherever else life may take you just know that you’ll be a bit more prepared to take on whatever comes your way.
The obstacles we will face in the near future will be more troublesome than before but think back to all the things you’ve already conquered in your short lifespan. Don’t get discouraged when the going gets tough keep moving forward. This is only the end of one chapter in our lives. We have so much to give the world and so many more obstacles to overcome as we achieve greatness.
It’s been an absolute honor to go to school with so many extraordinary, passionate, and hardworking peers for the past four years. I wish you all the best of luck in whatever it is you choose to do and as cliche as it sounds you can truly accomplish whatever you set your mind to.
Congratulations class of 2017 go out there and continue being persistent and resilient in whatever it is you choose to do.