I have so many incredible memories of my time at Miquon and I can honestly say I wouldn’t trade them for anything. My experience at the school and in the Miquon community influenced me more than I can say and helped me to become who I am today.

I am sure that many people say that the graduation ceremony is their most special moment at Miquon, but personally I think that the process of writing the graduation speeches was the most special thing for me. Writing my speech gave me the perfect opportunity to reflect on my time at Miquon up until then, and write out some of my fondest memories.

My graduation speech was centered around the idea of friendship and change, and little did I know how much I would need those words moving forward with my life after Miquon. My friends from my years at Miquon are the most important thing in the world to me and I can safely say I would be lost without them.

Learning to embrace change was also an extremely important thing I learned at Miquon, as I would experience a lot of it in the years that followed. My graduation speech was the first long piece of personal reflective writing I had done independently, which definitely helped me to become a person now who does a lot of independent and creative writing.

Reading the speech to the community (even in my extremely choked up voice) was one of the most significant things, and the perfect way to conclude my time there. I am proud to be a Miquon alumna, and now that my younger brother is at the school, I am thrilled to be back as an extended member of the Miquon community.