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im giving this following address tomorrow to incoming freshmen
The Class of 2010...welcome to West Valley! Both you and I realize that its currently the Fall of 2006 and just the moment what youve been waiting for your first year of high school! I am willing to bet any of you guys that you used most of your summer, if not all of it, just thinking about who youre going to hang out with, the clothes youre going to wear, and finally about the new guys and girls. And, I realize that the prospect of all of this is pretty daunting and my task today is to alleviate some of the scariness. With that in mind, I want to briefly share personal story. So, when I personally walked into high school three years ago, I was determined to get the highest GPA in the history of Valley, have a perfect SAT score among other perfect things, because all I wanted to do then was go to Harvard. Harvard was basically everything, or least I thought back then. I realize three years later, how silly of an ambition that was. By all means, dont get me wrong, your transcript is important and is going to be a crucial factor in where you end up being admitted for college therefore you should keep your grades up, take your education seriously, and value the experience. But, dont get to the point where every quiz grade becomes important and classes absorb so much of your time that you dont have any left for your own self. I realize I sound hypocritical because to be honest with you, I did that for a lot of the last three years, and once I realized how foolish I was, I wanted to hit my self with a two-by-four now but it was too late. Because I was too suck on going to Harvard, I failed to take complete advantages of opportunities that were available to me. For example, Ive never played at a sport in West Valley nor have I committed extensive time to a club or another worthwhile activity. I think the best tool that gave me a reality check was asking my self a serious of question. Whenever you find yourself lost, put it in perspective and ask your self Will it really matter a week from now? A month? A year? 10 Years? And, I asked my self the same questions when I was thinking about colleges this summer, I realized, honestly, having a degree from Harvard wasnt going to mean anything too special to me. Unfortunately, its a bit too late for me to take my own advice but I advise you guys as you pick your courses for this year and for other years, dont be too conventional in your thinking or too timid to follow your own creativity. I advise you to not give up any educational opportunity for the sole purpose of a grade point average or class rank. Dont think you have to take all of the AP classes in the world. And, please dont make a rat race out of class ranks. Trust me, there are way more important things in high school and in life in general.
Another thing I want to make it pretty clear to you guys that your next four years here at West Valley arent about appearances and relationships. Youll be one member of a very big wolfpack and the experience is going to be what you make of it. Let me restate that, your experience at West Valley will be what you make of it. You need to choose your friends and activities wisely, and remember that whatever you do, do it for yourself. There is going to be peer pressure wherever you turn and sadly, it is inevitable that somewhere along the way there are going to be instances where people are going to ask you to drink or do pot, and I know such occasions are severely high-pressure situations, but if you chose your friends carefully, they will respect your choices. These are going to be the same friends that are not going to judge you by the way you dress or how popular you are, instead theyre going to admire you for your personality and character. I know youre afraid of being looked down upon for not conforming, but trust me youll realize when youre ready its most likely going to be at a different time and place than your friends. Seriously, there is no problem with that, just dont let anyone else push you around, especially the seniors. You know your best anti-drug or anti-other things that you dont feel are right during high school are going to be clubs, organizations, sports and challenging classes. Get involved, there are nearly 40 various clubs, activities, and sports at West Valley alone for you to be involved in. Clubs like Academic Decathlon, Amnesty International, Key Club, International Club, Earth Club, Student Council and I am just naming a few are going to not only help you expand your interests and beef up your college applications later but theyre going help you meet new people and grow as a person. By being active within your high school and your community, you are going to become an independent, self-sufficient, and a confident person ..and these skills that you acquire are not only going to help you succeed throughout high school but also the rest of your life.
So one of the things that I do in my spare time is surf the internet. Couple years ago, I came across a commencement address at Stanford University given by Steve Jobs, who is the CEO of Apple Computers. And, in his commencement address he was talking about a publication called The Whole Earth Catalog - basically it was the precursor to Google. Anyway, in his commencement address, Steve Jobs talks about the final issue of this publication and he mentions that on the back cover of the final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was the publications farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. After reading his commencement address, I have always wished for myself to live by those great words of wisdom. And so in that spirit, I pass it on to you as begin your freshmen year of high school.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you very much
please tell me ur opinions, all advice/suggestions ..are appreciated