Labor Day // & Speech Attire
First of all I want to thank Mr.Millette for asking me to come out last night to speak to the juniors and seniors at Tabor. To be honest I was completely freaked out. I hadn't been back to campus in what felt like forever, so I was not sure what to expect. Upon arriving I had some time to walk around and have dinner in the dining hall, which was an experience. It was really nice to make my way through the line grabbing literally the same thing I would eat everyday back in high school (Pasta and pizza at the same time).
I was asked to talk about my perspective. But more specifically my stance on the importance of appreciating your time there and not just that, but taking advantage of the opportunity. I was told I did a great job even though I was profusely sweating and filled with angst. The kids warmed up with the first speaker so I had a chance to shoot a couple smiles into the crowd and calm myself down. When I finally spoke I had a sense of release and simply told my story of the underachiever. At least that's what I felt like I was for my first two years in high school. For those of you who don't know I was kicked out of school my junior year. This experience taught me more about life and opportunity than anything I have gone through thus far. In a way I'm grateful for it, even though it completely stunk at the time. I spoke about this and how important it is to take chances, try new things, and branch out to meet new people. I of course got a chance to come back and graduate, which I took complete advantage of. And since I've learned that these things are so important when "adulting" and we should always remember to execute them.
I was super proud of myself at the end, and thought I was done but there was a question asked. "What is your favorite memory from Tabor", and I immediately thought about Jacqui. I responded by telling them the story of my senior project. I made and sold mugs inspired by a cancer foundation put together by my good friend Jacqui. She died junior year, losing her battle with cancer. But what I remember most was speech day. Which was of course horrifying for me because public speaking is NOT what I do, nor is it what I did back in high school. But I remember doing my project and seeing how interested and invested everyone was in what I had done. It was that day I grew a deeper appreciation for Tabor. As I pushed through tears telling my story over and over that day I was embraced and given so much love. A families love. I realized that Tabor was and always will be a family to me. No matter where we all go or what we do, we can always come back home and feel that embrace. I'm so grateful to be apart of it.
I also wanted to talk a moment to thank the young woman who approached me after our talk. She told me that she was a friend of Jacqui's and that I made her cry when I talked. At that very moment I was so happy I made the decision to come. Had I not been there telling my story I never would have made that connection.
Thank you to every single person (mom, mad & bae) who came to support me last night. I love you all to the moon, and could honestly not be able to do what I do without you.
Xo The Beautiful Bostonian