Good Evening, first I would like to start by saying that I am extremely great full to the members of the Prairie Heights FAA. The parents of these wonderful children, the staff of Prairie Heights and most of all Mr.. Noel and Mr.. Eel for welcoming me into the Prairie Heights family as if I were one of your own. For many of you this will be some of the last moments that we get to spend together during my time as your student teacher.

These past twelve weeks have flown by and have been filled with memories, some were happy, some were sad, many of them taught me a lesson and others filled e with gratification watching each and every member succeed in their own way. I know that many of you have gotten to know me very well throughout my time here and for all of you I would like to give you one last memorable lesson, so I hope that the words I am about to share with you are based on true knowledge and ripened with wisdom. As many of you who know me have discovered there are a couple of things that I absolutely love.

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The top three of these are probably Disney, Music, and of course Boy Meets World. I think that the reason that I love these things so much Is cause they all hold elements of life that suck with us no matter how old or mature we can be. I know that I don’t seem much older than you but trust me I have been in your shoes, had my own barriers to jump through, and fought to accomplish my own dreams. For those of you who don’t know, Boy Meets World Is an astounding show that was at the height of Its popularity during the ass’s.

The show follows a young boy named Corny, his family, his best friend Shawn, and his girlfriend Topping. Part of the reason that love this show is because it is hilarious, but the other more important art of why I like it is because it shows real life problems that we all have to deal with from time to time. I know you are all thinking that every sitcom does this, but not In the same way, every episode has Its own problem and you get to see the characters act out the positives and negatives of each decision that is made.

While this is great and the show is one of my favorites, it simply lacks some realism. You see, in real life you can’t create a problem, solve the problem, and save all the relationships you may have hurt In the process In order to have a happy ending and hilarious anecdotes In a half hour. Wouldn’t life be great if that were the case? Lets think about that for a minute. I am not sure what you decided but as ideal as that story sounds, I believe that it is the struggles In life that make us stronger and it seems to me that the longer you struggle the stronger you get.

Although my life can not be Just like Boy Meets World, there are many quotes from the show that have come from lessons that have in turn taught me a little something as well. One of my favorites that I would like to share with you is: “You are going to learn something from life every day. And make mistakes. And you’ll make good friends and Mr.. Fenny will probably teach you every grade you’re ever in. And maybe someday you’ll fall in love with a woman as wonderful as Topping.

And be lucky enough to make a good friend as Shawn and when you’re not a little boy anymore, when the world has taught you how to be a man… Then you’ll still make mistakes. But your family, and all those good friends you Eve made along the way, will help you. And even though you’ll think the world has gone out of it’s way to teach you all the tough lessons, you’ll realize that it’s the same 1 OFF no matter what happens, somehow the world will protect you, too. Now, I understand hat there will be a time when no matter how strong the downtime’s have made you life will still stink.

I guarantee you that there will be a time when after you evaluate each step you have taken there will be a moment when you think that every chance you took was a bad idea and every door you went through was the wrong one. In the movie Tangled we constantly see Repulse stroking her hair singing “Heal what has been hurt. Change the fates design. Save what has been lost. Bring back what once was mine. ” If only it were this easy, I can tell you if it were, my hair would be bright and shiny. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Believe me when I say, I wish I could protect you from all the hurt you will encounter. I wish I could change what fate has designed for you when its not everything you want. I wish that I could save what you have lost and bring you back things that were once yours. However, each one of these things has to happen in order to grow up. I know that there are many of you sitting there thinking I can not wait to grow up and get on with my life, but trust me when I say to savor every moment of what you have right here.

You will miss this, and you will want these moments back, and believe it or not there will come a time hen you will wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. My advice to you is to live every day like it matters. In the movie Titanic we hear a young man named Jack declare: ” Vive got everything I need right here with me. Vive got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what’s goanna happen or, who I’m goanna meet, where I’m goanna wind up.

Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re goanna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you… To make each day count. My challenge to all of you is to do exactly that, make life count. Finally, recently I have watched many of you struggle over chapter offices, making sports teams, trying out for parts in the play, and being a part of many other things in your crazy wonderful lives.

There is a song by Taylor Swift that has recently made its radio debut, named Eyes Open. I know that many of you have heard this song, be it in the movie The Hunger Games, casually on the radio, or blaring it in your car on the way home. But what I am sure that many of you have skipped over are the meanings f the lyrics. In the song Miss Swift sings: “Everybody’s waiting Everybody’s watching Even when you’re sleeping Keep your eyes open. The tricky thing Is yesterday we were Just children Playing soldiers Just pretending Dreaming dreams with happy endings.

In backyards, winning battles with our wooden swords But now we’ve stepped into a cruel world Where everybody stands and keeps score. Everybody’s waiting for you to breakdown Everybody’s watching to see the fallout Even when you’re sleeping Keep your eyes open So here you are, two steps ahead and staying on guard Every lesson forms a new scar They never thought you’d make it this far But urn around Oh they’ve surrounded you It’s a showdown and nobody comes to save you now But you’ve got something they don’t you’ve got something they don’t You’ve just goat keep your eyes open.

This is the story of your life. Just moments ago you always achieve. Now you are growing up, and the world that you had pictured in your mind is showing itself to you, and the truth is its probably not as happy as you imagined it. There will be times when it feels as if you are alone against the world and it is the person you are in that moment that defines parts of your life. The tricky art is how do we determine who that person is? The secret lies within you.

That person will reflect all the things you have learned from your parents to your friends to your past experiences. My wish for all of you is that person that shows is someone that you are proud to be. I hope that you all dream big dreams and strive to accomplish them. Most of all I would like all of you to know that I believe in you. I hope that you have taken something away from my advice and I want you to know that I will cherish the experiences that you have given me for the rest of my life. Thank you.