By THOMAS HUKAHU
A FORMER head girl has told graduating students at OLSH International School in Kavieng, New Ireland, that the race gets tougher up the road and they must be ready to change and become better.
Speaking to grades 10 and 12 graduating students on Nov 5, Clementine Nauwet, a current student at the University of PNG, said: “It is a new world after high school.
“I am borrowing words from another former OLSH head boy who said, ‘after high school it is only going to get harder’. “You know those games where the more levels you pass, the more difficult the game gets? That is what it’s going to be like.
“Except it’s not a game – it’s your life.’”
Nauwet urged the students to change to be better in their journey in education and life.
“At every next level of your life, it will demand a different you,” she said.
“A better you.
“So gather your strength, your courage and your patience.
“You are going to need all three.
“I know you have dreams of who and what you want to be in the future.
“So as early as now, set your goals, for you to reach your dreams through the accomplishment of your goals.
“If you happen to fall or falter along the way, don’t give up.
“Get back up on your feet and move.”
Nauwet also urged all the students present to respect others and themselves as they pass from one chapter of life and on to another.
“Walk into 2019 with your head held high and with humility in your hearts,” she said. “Be kind to others, and they will also be kind to you.
“Respect yourselves, respect others, your teachers, your parents.
“Respect the education you are receiving. Be bold. Be courageous.
“Strive to be the best version of yourself – the very best you can possibly be.”
Nauwet ended her speech with a quote by American writer Orison Swett Marden: “There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self-respect, or his self-confidence.
“He is still a king.”
By THOMAS HUKAHU