Kaden Morfopolous

Vancouver, British Columbia

Six years ago, I watched my brother graduate. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was a pivotal moment in my life because it was the first time I really looked at my future and set for myself a definite, long-term goal. I remember seeing my brother standing there and thinking to myself that I wanted the same thing.

   I arrived here two years later. Something that held me back from the start, and even all the way into this year, was that I would constantly compare myself to others. I would discourage myself when I saw someone who was doing something that I thought was impressive and ask myself why I couldn’t do the same thing.

   I always thought that the end product of the Delphi Program—the graduate—was always the same. I remember watching people graduate and being so impressed with how all of them seemed so capable and confident, but for some reason I never took note of the fact that all of them were also unique.

   I thought that there was going to be some individual point on the program where I would change into this amazing person that the school wanted me to become, but I’ve realized that it works differently than that. Everyone gets something different out of the program because everyone is unique and will excel at different things.

   You only get out of the program what you put into it. I think that’s true not only here at Delphian but also in life. Delphian has taught me how to work hard. I don’t think I’ve ever worked half as hard as I have in these last two months. By doing so, I’ve learned that I am in fact capable and can reach not only my short-term goals but also my long-term goals. Delphian has taught me how to become the person I want to be.

   Six years ago, when I set my goal to graduate from this school, I never guessed that it would require so much work. There were many times—especially in this last year—that I was worried that I wouldn’t make it. From this experience, I’ve learned that you should never doubt yourself. Other people may doubt you, but keep going to make the goals that you set for yourself. Often, doubting yourself is the difference between success and failure.

   Our goals and the actions we take to meet those goals are what define each of us. If there’s one thing that Delphian has taught me, it’s how to meet those goals and create my own future.