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A BRMA Graduation Speech ~ A Testimonial

My name is Khin. I have been in Blue Ribbon for the past eight years. My strengths are creativity, being friendly, and challenging myself. I will be going to Durham Tech and transferring to UNC-CH. I am planning to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

I would first like to begin my speech by thanking my parents because I want to show that I respect them and because they told me to. As their daughter, I may not have always expressed my true emotions but I think this is the right time for them to shine.

Like any immigrant, it was hard for them to adjust to a country where you don’t know the language and the culture is totally different from the one you were raised in. My parents and I may have different experiences but what I appreciate the most about them is their desire to understand me and how difficult it is being an Asian American.

Like any immigrant, it was hard for them to adjust to a country where you don’t know the language and the culture is totally different from the one you were raised in. My parents and I may have different experiences but what I appreciate the most about them is their desire to understand me and how difficult it is being an Asian American. They act flexibly in order to create a better relationship with me. They have worked so hard to get to where they are now and I am truly grateful to be their daughter because they have not only taught me but also showed me that you must work really hard to achieve your goals.

It wasn’t only my parents who taught me those lessons, but Blue Ribbon as well. Having been in Blue Ribbon since the fourth grade, I have learned so much about myself, about others, and about giving back to the community.

About myself, I have learned to be a leader and also a follower. All the opportunities Blue Ribbon have offered and the opportunities that I used to challenge myself have made me the person that I am today.

Of course, these choices were made with guidance from my mentors. My two mentors, Melinda Harder and Kathy Mason, who are here today, leave footprints in my heart.

Melinda Harder, my first mentor, taught me how to bake chocolate chip cookies and even helped me create my very first e-mail account. She is energetic and is the most friendly adult I have ever met. She was always there for me when I needed her, whether it was about something big or something small.

Melinda’s family moved to Portland, Oregon and that’s when I met my second mentor, Kathy Mason. A hardworking lady with great ambitions, she helped me so much with high school and the process of finding and applying to colleges, which overwhelms both of us, but we got through it and learned a lot in the process.

The last person I would like to thanks is Ms.Sue, who created a bike organization called Spoke ‘n Revolutions, which I am involved with Jeimy. As much as I want to tell you more about it, I’ll just summarize the effects it has had on me. Because of Spoke ‘n Rev, I recognized my strengths, weaknesses and realized that I am not alone. Everyone has problems and getting to talk to someone who won’t judge you and knows you very well is truly a blessing and Ms. Sue was that person for me. I thank all of them for being a part of my life.

Anyone can be your mentor, whether it be your parents, your teachers, or just someone that you look up to.Blue Ribbon establishes a system for mentors and mentees to get to learn from each other. The relationship that is built through time is truly a beautiful memory that lives forever.

I want to thank all of Blue Ribbon’s staff members and mentors, who were willing to risk their time in order to change a person’s life, as well as their own. This happened because of Graig Meyer and Lorie Clark and their desire to help minorities in their community succeed.

My advice to the young mentees is to believe in yourself. Be willing to challenge and sacrifice in order to reach your goals. No one can stop you. Love your mentor and treat them with respect just like your parents because you are lucky to have someone who cares about you. When you get to high school, get involved with many clubs, especially the Youth Leadership Insititute club, because I guarantee that you will learn a lot and even have a chance to travel abroad. Take advantage of all the opportunities Blue Ribbon offers. Have excellent grades so you can show off to your friends that you’ve made honor rolls and awarded with cool prizes. Be an active mentee so you’ll get a big check with a big amount like me. Lastly, Blue Ribbon is a program that lets you grow and learn about yourself, about others, and about giving back to the community, just like I did.

That is why I stand here, honored as a Blue Ribbon mentee, a Youth Leadership Institute student, Spoken Revolutions Senior Cyclist, and a proud daughter!

Thank you.

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