Good evening. On behalf of the student body, it is truly an honor to welcome you, the Class of 2017, to Bucknell. We are so excited that you are finally here!
It seems a bit strange to be speaking up here tonight. Just two years ago, I was sitting in your seats. I remember that night quite vividly. Sitting in this chapel was the first time the transition to college felt real.
Thinking back to that night, I never would have imagined the story I tell today. At Bucknell, I have aced challenging courses, won a student government election, and scored an internship at an investment bank, among many other accomplishments. None of this would be possible, however, without the help of the incredible people who have crossed my path at this institution and who will be there to support you in your journeys, as well.
Tonight, Class of 2017, you will each start crafting your own stories. As you begin writing the next chapter of your lives, I thought I would take a few minutes to share some advice. Don’t worry; I won’t ask you to take detailed notes just yet. I am sure your professors will ask that of you on Wednesday. Here are the three most important things I wish I had known when I began my freshman year:
With this advice, Class of 2017, I wish you the best of luck and congratulate you on making an amazing decision in choosing Bucknell. To quote Natasha Bedingfield, “Today is where your book begins … the rest is still unwritten.” With that, I challenge you to grab a pen and start writing.
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