Friday, May 27, 2011

Hello SRV Class of 2011!

If you read the post written before, you know that I am sending off my student's letters to themselves that they wrote two years ago. Here is my letter to them as they embark on their new adventure.... (crazy that mine began TEN years ago)

Hello Class of 2011-

I cannot believe it has been two years already since we wrapped up your sophomore year. I have slipped on and off campus every couple of months since then to say hi to old friends, to watch some of your games, to hear some of you hit impossible notes, and to just catch up on where life is taking you. You have been doing incredible things, and the more I hear about your plans for the fall, the more excited I get for all the great things you will continue to do.

As you take a minute to read your letter that you wrote to yourself two years ago, I’m sure some of you will be pleasantly surprised that you actually accomplished all that you set out to do. Some of you will be reminded that things have not gone as planned. Others of you won’t care about what you said and will just be ready to move forward. Hopefully you’re still talking to all those people you listed as “besties” or you finally got the girl/boy you had been crushing on for way too long. No matter what your reaction is to your letter and no matter what goals you reached this past year and what goals slipped from your grasp, I hope you will see that every day is a new opportunity to make your life what you want it to be. High school may be ending, but it is never to late to be who you want to be.

I have spent your junior and senior year completing a graduate degree. I would have much rather spent it with you reading a few more books and writing a few more papers, but it has been a good experience just the same. It has been great to be a student again – there’s nothing like spending your days learning new things. Whether you’re off to Cal Poly or DVC or going straight into the workforce, never stop learning. There is so much out there to know and to experience.

I know you have been reminded recently of how hard life can be. I have talked to many of you about all the things you have had to overcome in the last twelve months alone, and my one thought for all of you is don’t give up. There are always people who can help you along your way. If that is not enough, remember that as Gandhi said, you can always be the change you wish to see in the world. If a butterfly can change the current of the North Atlantic, what little things can you accomplish in order to reach your goals?

I am so excited for you as you start this new chapter of your lives. I will be in the stands on June 10th cheering you on. You are exceptional people, and your future, as someone wise once said, is so bright it hurts my eyes. Remember that I am one of those people who always here to help you along your way. Let me know if I can ever do anything for you.

Congratulations on graduating!

Miss Hutchins

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