‘Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.’
(Alice in Wonderland Ch 6: 47).
I must confess, that at the crossroads of high school and the road ahead, my situation is exactly like Alice’s. However, what I have with me is the confidence that no matter which direction I take and where I go, I will reach ‘somewhere’ and that somewhere will be some place wonderful where I can leverage the valuable skills I learnt and contribute in alleviating some of the issues facing the world today.
This confidence is something I did not have when I entered high school four years back. Apart from teaching me the skills, the technology and the science and engineering, these four years have sculpted me into a wonderful and capable human being. I have learnt the value of time. Each one of us are given twenty four hours in a day. But I have learnt the value of those twenty four hours, learnt that each moment is actually an opportunity to do something new, perhaps to create something, perhaps to build another relationship or mend an old one, to make the world a better place to live in.
My school education has taught me many things. It has taught me to broaden my horizon but at the same time deepen my roots. For, the deeper the roots of a tree are, the higher it can reach out. It has taught my to set goals for myself. I plan to set goals just a little higher than what I know I can achieve. This way, I see my potential increasing with each passing day. I plan to set short term goals and long term goals. Each short term goal would be like a brick for the house of my dreams that I am going to turn to a reality.
My school has encouraged me to make mistakes, but to learn from them and not repeat the same mistake a second time. I take it upon myself today, to practice each and every lesson that I have learnt. I may stumble along my path but I know I have the strength to gracefully recover and move ahead. This is the gift that my school has given me. And standing here in front of all of you I wonder what exactly is the definition of my school. Is it just the beautiful campus, the classrooms, the library, the laboratories? Or is it my teachers and my friends, seniors and juniors that make it what it is? Or is it the foundation of learning, of knowledge, the dream of our founder, that makes it what it is? My friends, I wonder and wonder and feel that it is all that and much more than what my little mind can conceive. It is each grass I paid my foot on, it is each conversation I had, even the most inane ones with my roommates, it is each project I completed, each night I stayed awake before the exams. It is the most beautiful and the most difficult times put together and I thank all of you for contributing, for making me what I am today.
Looking ahead, I only see hope and promise. I am excited and eager to take on challenges, to put to use each and every thing that I learnt. I have learnt the skill of turning each problem into a challenge and winning over it and I am ready to hit the ground. It seems to me that all this has just been a training for the real thing and oh! if the training could be so wonderful, how much fun the real thing would me. I seek all your blessings and support to achieve my dreams. And when I reach that ‘somewhere’ that the Cat promised Alice, I shall surely share with all of you, the journey and its culmination. I thank my parents for sending me to this school. I am sure I shall miss each moment that I spent here, each one of my friends and teachers. But I have learnt the art of letting go and moving on. This is a farewell and I am sure life has many more such farewells in store for me. I pray that I emerge a little more enriched from each farewell, a little more stronger and emerge as a better human being as well as a better scientist.
All good things come to an end. This has never been more true. But I have the conviction that a good thing only ends to lead to something better. And we have in front of us a huge responsibility awaiting us. Though I feel as lost as Alice, I know that if I hold on to my dreams and take each at a time and give every moment my best shot, I will reach where I am meant to.
My friends, parents and my teachers, you have made this day possible for me. Thank you for everything.