Saying Goodbye To The High School That Empowered Me
Start writing a post
Friendships

Saying Goodbye To The High School That Empowered Me For Life

Growing up in an international community is something that inspires you for a lifetime.

125
Saying Goodbye To The High School That Empowered Me For Life
Eden Tadesse

I honestly believe that giving the graduation speech was an amazing way to wind up my 15-year relationship with my beloved high school, Sandford International School.

Everything I said in my speech was 100 percent true and heartfelt — and who better to praise the institution that me, its biggest fan?

I've always been a big fan of Sandford and its multi-cultural environment. It's just recently that I've started to truly realize those feelings. In so many ways, Sandford has been a second home to me. I say this a lot, but I actually really mean it. And when I say "Sandford," I mean the entire community of security and staff, my friends, the amazing classes, the subjects I fell in love with and the experiences I've had from various extracurricular activities.

I was never bored.

I've been living an incredible life, filled with so much love and excitement. I am so thankful to Sandford for showing me just how much I'm capable of. I've soared high and boosted my personal and academic potential only because of the skillsets that Sandford instilled in me at an early age.

It was my "bridge" to spiritual healing.

Sandford helped me persevere through so many issues and personal hardships. From my classmate committing suicide in grade nine to my favorite teacher suffering a stroke in grade 11, I've been through quite a lot. As a result, I've spoken to a therapist, cried with friends, attended funerals and ultimately assessed the true purpose of life.

I truly believe that, over the last 15 years, I've climbed a mental ladder in my life — and that I became a completely different spiritual being. I became way more optimistic and open-minded.

I joined clubs (lots of them), earned various leadership positions and found my best friends. And each day, I've gone outside my comfort zone to do new and thrilling things that have molded me into the person I am today. I have Sandford to thank for all that.

When I officially left the school, one of the hardest things was having to say goodbye to the people that I've gotten so close to: my friends and teachers. They are people who will undoubtedly stay in my heart forever. I have gained and learned so much from each of them.

The memories will last forever.

Growing up in an international community is truly something that inspires you for a lifetime. Thanks to Sandford, I have so many lessons to teach my future children and their children. I will gladly come back to one of Sandford's future alumni reunions and share my transformational story.

As for now, I'm closing this incredible chapter of my life and preparing to savor whatever comes next.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Why I Don't Believe In Religion

I used to be comfortable with religion, but now I'm uncomfortable.

2203
Rebecca Jarrett

I’m not one of those people who doesn’t believe in God because“if there was a God, why would He let such horrible things happen?” Saying that because sometimes bad things happen, there must be no benevolent higher power, to me, makes about as much sense as saying that because sometimes it gets dark, there must be no light.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness Month

An open discussion on how much we need an open discussion on mental health awareness

3505
Ashley Wen

Odyssey recognizes that mental well-being is a huge component of physical wellness. Our mission this month is to bring about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community. Let's recognize the common symptoms and encourage the help needed without judgement or prejudice. Life's a tough journey, we are here for you and want to hear from you.

Keep Reading... Show less
6 Confessions Of The Celibate Christian Girl In College
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb2e_E-Hht5zoyCPBvqeHTMT91WxQwNcv34Iyg0/?taken-by=thejaniyawinchester

Do you endure a lot of persecution as a Christian but remember when you decided you wanted to "be like Christ"?

Didn't Christ suffer persecution? Didn't he suffer people talking about him, betraying him, determined to misunderstand him, and hate him?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

15 Affirmations To Remember During Mental Health Awareness Month

Let's lift each other up, because we are not our thoughts.

7811
15 Affirmations To Remember During Mental Health Awareness Month

Odyssey recognizes that mental well-being is a huge component of physical wellness. Our mission this month is to bring about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community. Let's recognize the common symptoms and encourage the help needed without judgement or prejudice. Life's a tough journey, we are here for you and want to hear from you.

It's a topic that needs to be talked about way more than it should, especially in today's world: mental health. Whether it be anxiety, depression or O.C.D. (or anything, really), we have come to learn as a society that it's okay- and even more beneficial than you think- to openly talk about experiencing what almost everyone does inside the complex mind.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

We Must Speak Up For Abortion Rights Despite The Supreme Court's Intentions

A leaked document revealed the Supreme Court intends to vote on overturning Roe v. Wade.

7496
We Must Speak Up For Abortion Rights Despite The Supreme Court's Intentions
https://twitter.com/TRF_Stories/status/1523595310593110016

When Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in by the Supreme Court, she insisted overturning Roe v. Wade wasn't on her agenda. That landmark case made it possible for pregnant people across America to legally choose whether to have an abortion. There are many reasons a person would want to terminate their pregnancy. Money, age, health and sexual assault are just some of the reasons a person would choose to get an abortion.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments