Graduation Speech: My Dream School

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When I was little, my mom gave me a piece of advice that would come to shape my entire life. There we were sitting in the bathroom of my childhood home when she asked me, “Megan, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Without much thought I responded with an answer most kids come to at some point, “I want to be a vet Mommy!” She contemplated this for a moment and shot back, “Okay Megan. Well if you want to be a vet, don’t just aim to work with normal household pets. Go be a wildlife veterinarian! Travel the world treating lions, giraffes, and elephants! Think big, Megan, and never place limits on your potential. Don’t follow the normal paths people take through life—Be extraordinary!” It is this lesson that has driven me in each decision I’ve made and every goal I’ve ever set for myself. It is this lesson that led me to pursue a passion I eventually discovered onstage at twelve-years-old: Music. I have always been someone that sees miles past the confines of their own backyard. Some may call me illogical and unrealistic. On the contrary, I see the world for everything it could be, everything we could make it. Two years ago I received my acceptance letter to my dream school: Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and it was one of the happiest moments of my life. In the wake of a difficult childhood dealing with years of emotional and physical abuse culminating in my running away to put myself into foster care, it seemed like the life I envisioned for myself was

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