My fellow students,
Do you remember the number I shared with all of you on the first school day? ... ...
My fellow students,
Do you remember the number I shared with all of you on the first school day?
Thirty-one million five hundred and thirty-six thousand seconds. From that day
to today, 187 days has gone, which is like sixteen million one hundred fifty-six
thousand and eight hundred seconds. Try to ask yourself the following
- How did you spend those days?
- Did you get healthier? Did you sleep better at night?
- Did you make any changes with those vanished sixteen million one
hundred fifty-six thousand and eight hundred seconds?
- Did you get any better on your studies? Did you get to learn any new
knowledge or technique?
- Have you become a better person? More responsible? Getting to know
how to respect and help others?
- How about your interpersonal relationship? Did you get closer with your
family, your classmates and your friends? Or actually getting worse?
- Did you get to be happier, more optimistic and proactive?
- Did you care more about our society, our country and also our planet?
- Did you develop your own hobby, strength? Or to achieve your potential?
- Did you make good use of those days to chase your dreams?
The public exam is coming and I know this would put you under a lot of
stress because you would feel anxious, hesitated and uneasy because you have to
think about and make decisions for your future. With the challenges ahead, some
choose to be a quitter; some choose to face it and try to overcome it. I have been
there – I also had to face countless examinations and tests when I was a student
like you. I did once choose to quit just because I wasn’t well prepared for the
challenge; I did do good on my school work by putting every effort in it.
I used to think having good scores and higher educational qualifications
mean being successful in life, but I then found out that this is not the fact. The
fact is, your educational background does not reflect your full abilities; your
scores and grades do not also reflect your moral accomplishments and
personalities. In the future, we won’t just define success in only one particular
way anymore. My fellow students, don’t just define yourself by your academic
results; don’t let your scores and grades stop you from chasing your dreams.
What I have just said doesn’t mean not to put all your effort into the public
exam, or learning isn’t important, but to understand the true meanings behind
learning from your teachers – to define yourself by experiencing successes and
failures, to pursues righteousness, truth and love in order to find life, prosperity
and meanings. Try to think about the hottest, the most popular jobs we have
nowadays, they actually didn’t exist in 20 years ago! Every day we have new
discovery, so every day we have a chance to refute the old theories and have new
knowledge. By doing so, you have to keep giving, improving and working
hard. In order to face and conquer your failures, you have to get up, then fail
again, then get up and try again until you make your dreams come true.
Learning is more than scoring, and also developing your personal qualities.
We, all our teachers, are here to help you become a dauntless, caring, thankful
and helpful person. Your qualification is like an admission to different fields but
your personalities and moralities define your development path in future.
Graduating from high school is an end, but it’s also a start of your upcoming
new life. No matter what lies in your future path, we, all our faculty members,
will still be here to wish all the best for you. In my eyes, you all have got a lot of
potential, so if you are on the right track, you will definitely achieve your full
potential and shine. Don’t just quit if others look down at you for not having a
great accomplishment, but to improve and equip yourself. When the chance is
here, you, if you are well prepared, will shine and fly.
I am lucky to have all of you as my students; I am honored to see you all
graduating from our school. I am also grateful to all our teachers for being a
companion and guide in all of your lives. We all have gone though a lot together,
and all of your memories and bygones are now part of our school. We all are and
will always be proud of you when you make any progress in your life.
May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.