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A note from the teacher on your first day…

August 3, 2009

swamp

Students and Fellow Travelers:

I’d like you to use your imagination for a few minutes before we begin.  Imagine that you came here of your own accord, no one forced you.  You came because you wanted to.  Imagine that there were to be no grades, no awards, no special recognitions.  Imagine that the college of your choice or was waiting for you on the other side of this swamp we call high school.  They know that you are on your way and are certain that when you reach them, you will be fully prepared to take on all the gifts and challenges they have to offer you. There will be alligators in the swamp, no doubt, but you are not alone.  You travel with all of the other people in your life and everyone in the group, including you, has a contribution to make.

Now expand your imagination.  The swamp is no longer high school but your life. What waits for you on the shore is not college but your endless possibilities.  There are still alligators.  There will always be alligators, but you are not alone. You travel with all of the other people in your life and everyone in the group, including you, has a contribution to make.

Now ask yourself, was the reason you came here to fight alligators? Or are you here to get to the other side of the swamp?

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