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Graduation Speech: Tatyana Balasbas Lomuntad

Photo Courtesy of Tatyana Balasbas Lomuntad

“I can’t wait to graduate.” This phrase has helped me get through every single school day ever since I stepped into the four walls of North Brunswick Township High School. The thought of graduation was what kept me going all throughout my four years of high school. I always knew it would come; now that it has, I am so ecstatic. Today, we are finally graduating! Today marks the culmination of all the hard work we’ve put into our education for the past thirteen years of our lives. Today is a day of celebration; we are finally reaping the fruits of our labor. All of the all-nighters we’ve pulled because of homework, projects, sports activities, and work obligations have led us all to this very day.

Give yourself a pat on the back for you have earned the right to do so. Being in high school was surely not just a simple walk in the park. I would not recommend someone to go through it again. However, as much as I would love to move on with my life, it would be remiss of me if I simply brushed off the time I spent in NBTHS. My time at NBTHS has shaped the person I am today and also the person who will go off and enter the real world after today. When I first came to NBTHS, I had nothing and no one. I had no idea what I was getting myself into as I had recently moved from the Philippines. The only thing that “prepared” me for this new environment was the cliche depictions of American high schools in movies I watched as a kid. Although it was different than what I had expected, I am still thankful for my time at NBTHS.

At NBTHS, I found the best friends anyone could ask for. They taught me to loosen up once in a while which I really needed. Thank you, guys. Throughout high school, I dabbled in learning French, an opportunity that was not available to me until I came to NBTHS. Thank you Madame Nawar for instilling in me your knowledge of the French language. Thank you also to Ms. Roshkovan for offering her generous help in establishing the school’s first-ever needlework club, The Common Thread, with me. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to Mrs. Lachow and Ms. Case for introducing me to the wonders of ceramics which led to the development of my passion for it.

As this chapter of our lives comes to a close, let us not forget how we got here. Always be grateful for the experiences that have led you to where you are now, whether they were good ones or even bad ones. Experience is experience. Just try to make the best out of everything. High school was certainly a worthwhile experience that surely no one will forget. Congratulations, Class of 2022! We’ve finally made it!


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