For me this event has been a great opportunity
to get us all focused on why we exist as a company. It’s not
simply to raise SAT scores or even get students into brand-name
colleges. Ultimately whether we’re admin assistants, teachers, or directors, we’re all here to help our
students become thinkers and people of character in
our society. The first thing I’m gonna do when I get to college is meet a lot of new people, make new friends, and have
the best experience there. The first thing I’m going to going to try to while in my college is join many clubs and get
involved in my community. Bond with my roommate. Also try all the
local food so that I’m not stuck eating cafeteria food
for the rest of the semester. I’m going in undeclared, but my
career goal is to be able to advocate for the marginalized
people through the strength of writing.
First-generation low-income students are four times as likely to drop out of
college in their first year. At Elite, I’m here to say on behalf of the company
that we’re committed to doing something about this let’s honor some of our amazing students.
Take time to think… it is a source of power. Take time to be grateful…it is the key to joy. Take time to
dream… it is the realm of possibilities. Take time
to give… it is your legacy. Thank you. Elite helped me organize my time, essentially and how to focus on my studies. I found it really helpful when I was talking
individually with my Branch Director and how to apply to college, and what to look for
when I looked for colleges. I’m, so yeah, it basically helped me pick
Cornell University as my future. I definitely got in the mindset that if I
want to succeed I also do have to put in time outside of actual school, and a lot of success is
what I am willing to do and that includes putting in my own
personal time to succeed. Elite, I think, they taught me how to learn. Elite teachers are there to do that for you, and
that personal element really kicked it up a notch.
Albert Einstein once said, “Education is what remains after one has
forgotten everything he learned in school.” By the
time our students leave our program they’re probably not going to remember all
two thousand words they studied or all the specifics of the articles
they spent hours reading but they’ll remember you, their
teachers. You have a chance to make a difference in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.
The relationships and impact you have with these students is a legacy you will leave
with them for the rest of their lives. The teachers that I met were absolutely amazing,
and I still try to keep in contact with them The teachers are really engaging
actually made me want to go to class because they’re so charismatic. I thought that the teachers were really
helpful, and they wanted you to succeed You know, and it’s kinda this
excitement over going to your new class and meeting your new teachers, and I hadn’t expected that I expected that.
I expected it to be really boring and really hard… but actually turned out to be fun.
It was a lot more fun than I expected. I am proud to stand here in a room full of people of such great
influence. Teach them how to think. Show them they matter. And show them that you care, and you will