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Senior Class Presidents Remind Class of 2014 of Three Important Lessons

Excerpts from 2014 Convocation Speech

“Class of 2014, do not fear the change we are about to face but stare it in the eyes and challenge it. Although we are changing and evolving into the new chapter, remember a Mawter’s spark can never be extinguished.”

Jancy Munguia, Co-President Class of 2014
[…] Before we march past Taylor Hall and walk across that stage tomorrow there are three lessons Lindsey and I think you should all remember as we embark on a new adventure.

LINDSEY CROWE, Co-President Class of 2014
First: If you do not ask, the answer will always be “no.”
From a young age we have tested this question. I remember asking my parents: “Can I have that last cookie before dinner?” or “Can I get that really expensive souvenir cup that I will never use?” I knew the answer, you knew the answer, we all knew the answer, but we still asked. When we were young we were never afraid ask. We tackled the world one question at a time. As you get older the fear of no can hinder you in more ways than one. […] This lesson doesn’t just apply to asking others. It also applies to what you ask of yourself. You can only achieve what you allow yourself to strive for. So keep asking questions both big and small the answers may surprise you.

Second: If you do not go after what you want you will never have it.
We all chose to come to Bryn Mawr looking for new opportunities and the desire to expand and grow. We know that each and every one of you has that drive to seek for what you want. We all have goals and have the need to reach them. In fact, it seems like part of the definition of a Bryn Mawter is to strive for your dreams. It is important to remember to always keep that motivation in your heart and recognize that goals may change as we change.  Upon entering Bryn Mawr College, I felt passionately about becoming a medical doctor. I was on the pre-med track and thought that I would major in biology. I never thought I would end up majoring in mathematics.  During my first semester at Bryn Mawr I met an amazing math professor, Rhonda Hughes. Not only did she make math accessible and actually enjoyable, she also inspired me to be more confident and to persist in light of challenges. One of the most important lessons that I have learned at Bryn Mawr is to keep going even when it seems like all the odds are against you.  Not only I did complete my math major, but picked up a psychology major along the way. These are all things I did not know I wanted until I became a member of the Bryn Mawr community.  During my time here I changed a lot and as a result, my goals changed as well. I did not let the changes of my goals discourage me and I never stopped pursuing my passions. In all sincerity, I feel that I am on top of the world because I went after what I wanted. Please remember to not label changes in goals as failure. Instead, recognize that changes in goals are inevitable and it is up to you to adapt to these changes and pursue them.

Third: If you do not step forward you will always be in the same place.
I have to say this is the hardest lesson we will have to learn before we leave Bryn Mawr and the fact that we leave tomorrow doesn’t give us much time for it to sink in. But, taking in all of our experiences, look back to your first year. What steps did you take to become the person you are today? Did you join a club, play on a team? […] Think back to all the steps you took to get to where you are today and think of the steps to get you where you want to go.

Jancy: (continuation of the third lesson)
We cannot reveal our true potential if we set limits on ourselves. We should not let uncertainty frighten us; uncertainty is the basis for an adventure you never could have imagined. Take advantage of this journey and recognize that there are many things for you to discover and learn from.

Fortunately, during our time at Bryn Mawr we have built up our skills and courage we need to make anything possible. We have learned that we must not be afraid to stand up for what we believe in and most importantly to believe in ourselves. Now we have the responsibility to motivate others to do the same. We need to spread the Mawrter spirit to as many people as we can so that they step forward in the direction of their dreams as well.

So, Class of 2014, do not fear the change we are about to face but stare it in the eyes and challenge it. Although we are changing and evolving into the new chapter, remember a Mawter’s spark can never be extinguished.

Before things get too sentimental I will leave you with a quote from Doctor Who, someone who is all too familiar with change, but with a Bryn Mawr twist. “We all change when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s ok, that’s good, as long as you keep moving, as long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when we became Mawrters."

Anassa Kata