Graduation Speech Essay
Some stay for a while
And leave footprints on our hearts
And we are never the same again."
As I prepared this speech, this quote came to mind as I realized how many of you have left footprints on my heart over the past four years. I have may wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. I remember embarrassing moments when a teacher misunderstood what I said, and then my classmates teased me mercilessly. I remember a time in math class when a student fell asleep and was tied to his chair and chalk dust was thrown all over him. I remember teepee wars and dissecting old smelly eyeballs and cute little minks in biology, staying up all night to finish thesis papers, and taking …show more content…
I would like to share one of my favorite stories with you. A tourist was walking along a Mexican beach one evening, just before sunset, at low tide. Up ahead he saw a native bend over, pick up something, and throw it out to sea. As he got closer, he saw that the native was throwing starfish back that had been stranded on the beach when the tide went out and would soon die from lack of oxygen. But there were thousands of starfish all along the beach. The tourist said to the native, "You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don't your realize this is probably happening on hundreds of beaches all up and down this coast? Can't you see that you can't possibly make a difference?" The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied, "Made a difference to that one!"
It would have been easy for the native to feel discouraged and look at all the starfish on the beach. But he didn't, he realized the tremendous difference he made to the ones he saved. As we work to achieve our goals, we need to keep in mind that even a seemingly insignificant act can make