The past couple of days have been eye openers for me—new experiences, new faces, new opportunities, and a new chance to learn about myself. The past four days have given us, the students, the opportunity to meet with some of the most amazing people I’ve had the pleasure to cross paths with.
First, I’d like to say thank you. Thank you to the ates and kuyas, the guards, the baggers, the supervisors, everyone who has welcomed us with open arms into the SM community. I know we are not the easiest people to work with, but nevertheless, your hospitality has been felt and deeply appreciated.
Second, I would like to share with you, my classmates, my own personal insights, and hopefully you, too, will start to see much deeper into this immersion we just had. I have come to realize how lucky I am to be born into the circumstance that I am in.
I believe that we all have a role to play in this world. Not everything falls into place the way we want them to. Not everything in the world will be good for us, nor do we have control over where we start. I realized that I did not do anything to deserve what I have now. Nothing would have stopped me from having a life with more hardships if God willed it; I do not have more rights than the coworkers I had. We have not done anything to deserve more than them, but what we do have now is the opportunity to make a difference.
As Xaverians, most of us are lucky enough to be facing bright futures; we will be the ones giving opportunities, having the chance to be part of a bigger picture. A lot of us are lucky enough to have the resources needed to build our own companies and businesses that, much like SM, will employ workers. Now, given what we have learned, although in such a short time, I believe we can make that difference.
In the years to come, the past four days we have had will become hazy in our memories, the names of the people we’ve met etched so deep within our minds that we can barely remember them, but what we can allow to last are the feelings and the insights we have gained through this experience, not letting go too quickly of what we’ve come to see for ourselves in these walls. Let it grow within you, what you’ve learned, make it mold you into a better you in the coming years.
Once again I would like to thank all of you, the SM managers, my fellow classmates, thank you for this amazing experience. May the moments we live, although ephemeral, last forever in the clasps of our memories. Don’t let all these slip away, and remember that these little fleeting moments, those small untitled instances are the ones that make up who we were.