I know many people have been waiting for this speech. Robb, I know.
Finally, I have my speech ready for the graduation.
It's been a while since all of April IAY students arrived in
New York eight months ago. I remember our first day. It was
really, really impressive. I remember Robb's talk about
homesickness, up, down, up, down; Charlie, with the house
issues; David, with activities.
I think New York is one of the best cities all over the
world, a perfect choice to study English, learn more about
American culture and have a good time.
In my case, I came here looking for all of these things, and
I think I choosed the right city. As Frank Sinatra sang in
his famous song, "New York, New York," if I can make it
there, I can make it anywhere.
We are living in a world that goes faster every day. Internet,
the new technologies, make now possible things that we could
never have dreamed 50 years ago. And this makes the world
a global world, so any experience abroad, I think, is positive,
After eight months, I think that this has been one of the best
experience in my whole life, for sure.
I can't avoid in this speech something really sad. Of course,
it's September 11th.
All of us felt shock when we saw the Twin Towers collapse. Was
really terrible. After this, I think the world won't be the
same again. I think there always will be a before and after
I think that all of us will remember what we were doing that
day, when, in our class or, personally, I was in Queens.
I had to walk through the Queensborough, it was really, really
hard, hard experience.
But now I think America can feel what we felt in Europe
or in other countries about terrorisms, where we have had
terrorists for long years now, since, such a bad experience.
It was terrible, but I think we must be positive and look
ahead. And, as we were read in many places during these
eight months, after the attack, of course, "United We Stand."
I just can say that I really enjoyed my life in New York City:
friends, party, parties, museums, trips, spring, summer,
fall, internship in a law firm. For me it was one of the main
purpose to come here, so I think I'm glad to come, to have
this experience for my life and for my resume.
I know that my attendance wasn't good enough sometimes. Sometimes
it's difficult to keep it. A lot of students understand me
when I say this, I think. But, anyway, I'm glad here to be
making this speech because, as you all know, I'm one of the
best students in Aspect.
So, thank you. I will never forget you.