Good morning, and welcome to the first day of a new school year. For those who don’t know me, my name is Maddy Cherr, and I’m your School Government Association president. I can’t help but mention how excited I am to be working with all of you, and I can’t wait to see what this coming year holds.
So, here we are, lucky enough to have a whole new year stretching ahead of us. For some here, today is your first day at SEM. This is something to celebrate! You’ve got your fair share of difficulty ahead of you, yet more than that you have so much joy to look forward to in your time here, time that has just begun. For others, today is our last first day. This, too, is something to celebrate. We’ve put in three years of hard work so far and, while we have a big year ahead of us, it’s important to look back and take pride in all that we’ve already achieved. And for those of whom this is a second or third first day, you too are fa
My point here is this – we all sit here today facing a year filled, yes, with challenges, but also with so much to look forward to. Over the last couple of years, I’ve tried to set myself kind of like, goals for personal growth. Last year, I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone in talking to new people and being more outgoing. This year, as you might be able to guess from the contents of my speech so far, I’m genuinely trying to appreciate each moment I have and look forward to those I know are coming. I think the seniors especially feel the weight of just how short a year can be, but I find myself saying how quickly school has gone by at the end of every single year. Our time here is precious, and while I know by about a month from now I’m probably going to be suffering, I still want to try and love every moment of it.
Whether or not you all want to join in the goal of loving every moment you’re given is entirely your own business. However, even if that kind of “I write a blog about surfing! I live in a van! I eat granola three meals a day! Etc. etc.” attitude isn’t quite your thing, I still challenge each and every one of you to try and consciously work to grow this year. That could be in the form of running for a leadership position (potential freshman class officers, I’m looking at you), studying hard in that subject you always struggle with, or even just trying to say hi to people in the halls.
However, whatever goal or goals you set for yourself, know that the work you put into it is worth it. To quote Emily Broxup’s opening day speech last year: “Don’t allow this year to slip through your fingers.” I fully believe that our time at SEM is a gift, one that has changed me for the better in more ways than I can count. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for this school, and the year set out in front of us.