Samantha Katz - Graduation Address - June 10, 2020
My Brandeis journey has been filled with the most superior memories and moments of my life. I can’t believe this amazing adventure is coming to an end. I am so grateful that I have gotten to know everyone in my class for at least one year. During this long quarantine, it has made me realize that I wouldn’t trade a second to be away from my classmates.
We have experienced so many adventures together from going on a small field trip to San Francisco to getting on a plane to Israel. I never really thought this day would ever come when we were all graduating. When I was in kindergarten, I thought this day was so far away now looking back at it, it felt so quick. Brandeis has taught me so much in the past years I have been here. My teachers have taught me to think out of the box, to always find positivity in the bad, and to speak up for what’s right.
My friends have definitely taught me the most throughout my years at Brandeis. If it were not for them I would never be who I am today. Especially in 8th grade. I am so fortunate that this year, I have been able to share a memorable experience with each and every one of my classmates. I cannot remember a time where I was upset and there wasn’t one of my friends right by my side. My classmates have pushed me out of my comfort zone, supported me when I was scared, and been loyal to me when I just needed a friend.
Comprehending going to highschool and leaving all my friends to this day, I have continued to push out of my mind. It feels like just yesterday we were sitting outside on the field being split up into advisory groups for sixth grade. Classmates have come and gone but the memories I shared with them will never leave me. Like Mr. E said, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” This journey of almost nine years at Brandeis was not only a memorable experience that I’ll never forget, but it has taught me to cherish the time with the people that mean the most to me.