Daily Prompt: Alma Mater
You’ve been asked to speak at your high school alma mater — about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
Since my graduation class was so large, this is a far cry from my being the “Chosen One” to be doing this speech. I did not come into Herkimer Senior High School in Herkimer New York until my Tenth year. I did participate in sports. However, the wind had been cut from my sails and I did not have the drive that I had in my previous high school where I was active in sports, chorus, the theater and other groups.
I had been pulled in the middle of my tenth year. I landed in the hospital for three months for an exploratory surgery that went bad. I had a stomach pump and two IV’s which I dragged along in the hospital corridors for exercise. I had a tutor to try and keep my school work up till I returned after Spring break.
I was not out to win any popularity contests. I was simply there to finish out my few years and get into college. Something that was put on hold for me till my two daughters were much older and I was divorced.
My words of advice. Do not put your dreams on hold.
Follow your dreams but be sure that they are realistic and are true to yourself. Do not try and do something that is going to come back and make you shoot yourself in the foot later.
I appreciate having waited to go to college later in life. Yes I was older in my class. So was everyone else in my early morning classes. I was able to get good grades and was able to get a good job on campus as a tutor to help supplement my costs of college.
Appreciate your skills and do not be afraid to think outside of the box for what you want in life.
Go after your dreams. They are not going to come knocking at your door and come looking for you.
What would you say to your alma mater if you had the chance?
Would love to hear…
Here are what some of the early bird daily prompt writers had to say on the subject: