7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year. That sounds like a long, long time. But oh boy, how fast did that go by?
I wanna congratulate and honor each and every one of you for finishing yet another great year. Today, as a class, we are graduating the middle school, taking another huge step on the path of our life, moving on to a whole new world - high school. Where everything that we do matters and leads up on to our future. But here we go again, starting at the bottom as freshmen. Graduating just doesn’t me completing school, and celebrating.To me, graduating means growing, changing as a whole person, becoming mature, and moving on. All the educational things we learnt has a huge impact on that, but we also changed as people with all the experiences we had with our peers, teachers, and even school activities, such as field trips. Our three years of middle school have been a life changing experience, and we will all carry those amazing memories and experiences with us for not only high school, but our whole lives, not with some diploma or report card. We’ve been through a lot, KEEP, Hiroshima, Izu, Showa Park... wait I wasn’t really there in all of that. I’ve actually only been here for a year, but coming to ASIJ was a life changing experience, and I feel like I have been here for pretty much my whole life. As this year went by, I already felt like you guys were a part of my family and even in this year, that seemed to fly right before my eyes, we all have been through a lot. Fun times, hard times, sad times, and even those dreadful days with too many tests. Even if this is the American School in Japan, all of us come from all over the world and that’s what makes us global, and I had realized as the year went by that what’s unique about our grade is each and every one of us is different, with our own personality, hobbies, and character. Remember, Bonus 30 SEL guys. I learnt that we all had a unique way of expressing ourselves, which taught me to...
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