Two years ago, I was sitting on my first flight to Harvard, when the girl next to me smiled and asked me what school I was going to. When she found out that I was going to Harvard, she shrieked in excitement, and we proceeded to talk about student life for the rest of the trip. Once we landed she gave me a tour of campus and made me feel so welcome. Her name is Winnie, and she kept tabs on me throughout my freshmen and sophomore year and I think she is a perfect example of the character and kindness exhibited by the Harvard Senior Class of 2013. I honestly don’t know how to say a proper goodbye to such a great class, but I did want to say a few farewells to a couple of seniors.
Firstly, I wanted to say goodbye to our lone senior on our tennis team, Andy “Tron” Nguyen. From a fearless samurai on the tennis court to a strong leader off the court, he encompasses the qualities that Harvard Athletics strives for. He was such an instrumental part of our team this past year, and helped push Harvard Tennis to the next level. Spending these past two years with him have been so special and the there will be a void next fall. We wish him best of luck in his future pursuits, and know he will achieve success in anything he does.
Then, there is a shout out to my Eliot family of seniors. Led by Jordan and Wes, we rocked the Winthrop’s Arbella Ball, Disney movies(Finding Nemo and Monster’s Inc), and all of the Eliot Formals. They are two of the most genuine and memorable people I have ever met, and my Harvard experience would have been incomplete without them. I’m going to miss you guys!
Next, I have to say goodbye Kristin and Hideko, the two seniors on the Harvard Women’s Team. I will miss your smiles everyday at the Murr Center, and all our conversations. You were great role-models for the girls team and will be missed!
Lastly I wanted to give a special congratulations to my older sister who just graduated from college this past year as well. While she does not go to school in Boston, she is another reason why I think the class of 2013 is so special!
There are simply too many seniors to name, but you get the idea. This was truly an extraordinary class and they leave big shoes to fill.
Now for the high school seniors, please enjoy your graduation ceremonies and senior events. These moments are really special and a great time to thank all the people who have helped you become the person you are today. Behind every great student are loving and supportive parents who have always put their children’s needs first. So thank them all and be ready to take on Cambridge in the fall.
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