Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dueling or Complementing Graduation Speeches?

A couple posts back, I posted my 26 sentence graduation speech spontaneously written in response to my summer writing instructor's suggestion. Another student read hers to the class and I was intrigued by the similariies. We are quite different: I drive a car, she bicycles; I am a retired techie, she is a teacher; we differ in gender and age; she is young enough, probably, to be my granddaughter. Our speeches, however, though differing significantly in word choice, strike a remarkably similar tone. Or so it seems to me. Thoughts?


ABC's of Advice 

Katie Murphy-Olsen's

A-Z Advice to a Graduate
Always be open to new ideas.
Be able to create your own situation, your own story.
Centaurs don’t actually exist, but serve useful roles in fiction.
Dinosaurs were the stars of Jurassic Park.
Every one of you has what you need to be successful in this world.
Decide who you want to be/what your person is.
Every time you have opportunity, chase your passion.
Fight the tendency to give in.
Give your best in all circumstances.
Have open eyes and ears and being.
Illuminate life for others.
Judge others not.
Kick yourself in the backside when tempted to give up.
Live for the moment.
Miss no opportunities to be kind.
Neglect no one.
Oppose the idea that there are groups, us and them.
Promote unity in everything.
Quit doing things and being with people who suck your energy.
Spend time with people and doing things that give you energy.
Together, with and in community, support and build up one another.
Unite your skills and your people.
Victimize nobody.
Whenever you have a win, celebrate it, no matter how small the win.
X – let it mark the spot you want to stand, and then stand there.
Y are you waiting for my permission to start?
Zoom out, now, and get going on your life!

Addressing this group is an honor.
Believe in yourself as much as I believe in you.
Can you see your beautiful future?
Dangle in the unknown-- in your academics, in your life, in your past.
Energy will carry your spirit to places you will find peace.
Friends--you and me--now will find places in your heart.
Growth mindset verses fixed mindset--grow!
eavens are looking at you. Heavens will your way.
believe in you.
ust remember you cheerleaders.
indness and love will be your guides.
earning it will be hard. Learning what you have done was hard. Learning and learning from from your strength.
otivation will follow and push you.
either right here or over there, we are in there.
btuse and acute are triangles of learning, balances and degrees.
ower and persistence and passion fit together in different ways for different reasons; each is needed, each is hope and each can be influential.
uietness will be helpful.
oughly figure out who you are and be mindful of growth.
tudy (the world). Sit (patiently). Secure (good people to you).
enacity will be a good partner.
nderstand you don't understand everything.
oice your opinion with grace.
hy? How?
enophobia will be all around.
ou are you.

Zigzag until you find what you're looking for.

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