Good Morning, Ladies and gentlemen！
In such an exciting day, we sit here waiting for the last day of high school. To those who don’t know me, my name is Fiona Xie, the senior of NAIS. And now I want to give a big congratulation to all of you, including myself, for being the first graduation class of NAIS today. The world we live in is plagued with the virus, COVID-19 specifically, and we all know that we have been trapped in homes for five months and struggled with the online classes. Despite all odds, we still finished all courses and graduate, so let’s give us a big round of applause.
We have gathered here for just 3 years, and it’s already time to say goodbye. How did it all go so fast? It seems like only yesterday that we were the dumb freshmen fighting with the locks on our lockers, trying to figuring out where our next class was, and confused with the instructions given by teachers. But now we are all the upperclassmen, the role models of the juniors, and the seniors who are ready to graduate and move forward in the world.
Standing here today, I don’t know what kind of conclusion fits this occasion best, but I can clearly feel my growth and precipitation that I have made in the past three years. NAIS gives us enough freedom for making choice, but it also gives us so many reasons to worry. We worried about messing up our TOEFL test, lowering the GPA in the exams, and fearing that working so hard, but end up with nothing. But it is in such a dilemma that we learned to be self-disciplined and motivated.
So what I am trying to tell you today, not only to the graduates but for all of the students in NAIS is Be ready for whatever the world throws at you and keep going because contrary to what the world keeps trying to tell you, you don't need to have all the answers right now, all you have to do is believe in yourself and keep fighting until you reach your goal. Life is a learning curve, not an exam. So just let the extra effort you make be the trial of your courage and will. We have experienced so much over the years here, so don’t let them knock you down. Let it push you forward and be the person who you are.
In such a moment of transition in my life, I would like to say a special thanks to my AP Chemistry teacher, Ms. Cha. It’s you who deepen my interests in biology and chemistry, making me know that I am capable to learn this subject and be firm in my academic choice. I also feel so grateful that you always talk to me and give me advice when I am upset, and most importantly, I will never forget the laugh we have shared with the most hanhan teacher in the school.
It is such an era that feels like a torrent with no destined estuary. But what we can destine for our life as an individual are no else but morality, bravery, hope, and being thankful to everyone who guides or helps us. I hope that every NAIS graduate for now and for the future will not only learn approaches that will help you be happy and successful, but also the virtue and insight that make you worthy of what you have gained in life here. Thank you.