Senior Speeches: Finding Your Way and Trusting Your Struggle

March 10, 2017


“My parents won’t be there by my side during those lows, but I have my own motivational quote now: ‘Trust your struggle.’”

Each year, seniors at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School deliver a speech to their peers on a topic of their choosing in the Newhall Auditorium. Often equal parts clever and moving, emotional and personal, each speech offers a glimpse into the lives, experiences, struggles, and triumphs of SSM seniors.

Periodically throughout the 2016-2017 school year, we will share excerpts of those speeches with the SSM community, and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.


“While being at Shattuck-St. Mary’s I’ve found a passion for photography, and I truly enjoy taking photos. I feel as if I can express myself through different perspectives with the photos that I take. This helps, when expressing myself in other ways is difficult. I first began because my mother had been taking photos for years and I began to do the same. I don’t have a career path set for myself, but photography could be one. I’d like to thank my parents for allowing me the opportunity to attend SSM and grow as an individual at such a great school.”

- Marshall Langevin

“Once again, I hear those same taunting words, ‘You’re too small.’ However, my confidence remains because a few colleges say they don’t mind my size if I have the other skills. Meanwhile, I keep working. Finally, a decision was made: I’ll be playing Division I hockey at Union College NY. I feel relief, the same feeling as when I was accepted into the SSM hockey program. I am prepared for the new difficulties. My parents won’t be there by my side during those lows, but I have my own motivational quote now: ‘Trust your struggle. Trust your struggle.’ Mom and dad, thank you for your sacrifices. I am indebted to you. I love you both to the moon and back.”

- Megan Ryan

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