Graduation Speech Essay

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Students, faculty, family, friends, on this exciting day, I speak to optimism, laughter, and grins.

As I was gathering input for this graduation speech, several people suggested including a profound quote offering “encouraging advice to the young graduates”, and then there were others who said, “eh don’t worry about it, no one listens to those anyway.” Fortunately, I was actually able to take from both suggestions and found a happy balance.

You see, I won’t tell you today to: “Dare to dream” or “Find your own vision” or even to “Strive for excellence,” or any trite cliché that’s ever been said in a graduation speech. So this might not be your typical commencement. I have no list of “Do’s and Don’ts” for you. I don’t have any funny
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And we’ve all heard our parents say “we trust you” followed by a “be home by 12 o clock”.

Life is one big contradiction and you’ll drive yourself crazy if you try to figure it out. So don’t. Embrace it. Laugh at it a bit. Whatever you do, don’t take it too seriously. Those are some of the ways I have made it through these past four years at McNeil.

You see, the biggest contradiction I have noticed so far is the stress that is put on the big things in life when it is really all the little things scattered in between when I find I’m most happy. It’s those seemingly insignificant, random pieces of time that have kept me going throughout the crazies thrown at us as and they keep me laughing, smiling, and moving on. Whether it’s playing Halo and focusing on getting that next running riot, chatting and profile-snooping on AIM, or hearing a pointless story told from a friend--it’s those little moments of carefree smiling that I feel get overlooked.

With AP classes, national honor this, mu alpha that, drum practice here, yearbook deadline there, flag twirling up, singing voices coming down, and bells ring ringing all in between, it’s no wonder we students have been rushing through the motions of our ritualistic high school lives. By the time we make it home, create time for dinner, toss a wave to the parents, and start our homework, the days begin to blur into nights and before you know it there goes the gross alarm reminding you it is time

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