Ashley Rinehart Senior Speech Final Draft Mrs. Hartman March 16, 2012 Cop Out Welcome parents, family, friends, and faculty. We are here to celebrate the accomplishments and the graduation of the Class of 2012. And I would like to give a special welcome to my classmates; well, we are finally here. As you sit here and inhale the aggregate odor of your senior class for the last time, I am sure there are many burning questions racing through your minds: “Will I find my place in the world?” If you are lucky. “Did I really wear this?” Yeah you did. “And who is that stunning young lady addressing us, and how long do I have the privilege of listening to her?” Hey, Ashley Rinehart here, and hopefully not for too long. I realize that your …show more content…
So don’t credit yourself as a failure, you’re worse than that.” We cannot live in fear of being vulnerable and of failure, or we will never get anywhere or make anything of ourselves. As hockey player legend Wayne Gretsky once said, “You will always miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” It is time for us to take risks, but to also not be ignorant about the risks we take. We cannot try to change something once, and if it does not work, never try again. But we also cannot try to change something the same way multiple times because if it did not work the first time, it will probably not work the second or third and so on. Albert Einstein defines this as, “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” We want the Class of 2012 to develop and grow into prospering, successful young men and women and in order to do this; we have to stop complaining, start appreciating, and start the change we want to see in the world. We regret more about the things we did not do than the things we did do. Get out of yourself, and just do it. Word Count
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