Delphian is not the end; it is only a step towards my goals. Delphian has been a tough journey for me, but I know there are more things that are even more challenging than Delphian. I won’t say that by graduating from Delphian you will become a perfect person. Every person is weak at something and strong at something. No one is perfect. But once you know what you are weak at, you will be able to improve on that area. That is what Delphian has made me realize.
There’s a quote by Joseph Wirthlin: “The more often we see the things around us—even the beautiful and wonderful things—the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds—even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.”
When I first came to Delphian, I took almost everything for granted. The building was clean. The bathroom was clean. We had food to eat. There were activities, field trips—everything was there and all planned out. I never really thought about how each thing came to be. Not until I started doing them myself. I started cleaning the building, cleaning the bathroom, preparing the food, and I was like, “WOW. I had to work.” Someone had to work to keep those things running and in good shape.
Everything you see here, right now, has been planned by someone, organized by someone, and it is there through hard work. Appreciate the things you have, don’t wait until you have lost them and you’ll realize how precious it was to have what you had.
Therefore, I really want to thank every single staff member, every single student, and every single person on this planet. Do not take things for granted—the water you use for your showers, the electricity that lights up the building, the food that you eat, these all came from the hard work of the people.