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最“接地气”毕业演讲:我学的第一句中文是“你的外卖到了”

2018-06-13 14:51

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  又到了一年一度的毕业季,每年这个时候都有一批莘莘学子,告别象牙塔,满怀憧憬地走向社会~

  上海纽约大学2018届本科生毕业典礼,就在上海东方艺术中心举行,而在这场毕业典礼中,一位留学生,成功吸引了大家的注意,他就是作为毕业生代表发言的,2018届学生Itmum Momin,我们一起来听听吧!

  演讲全文:

  A wise philosopher once said that “in the end, we’re all just stories.” Chancellor Yu, Vice Chancellor Lehman, President Hamilton, honored guests, family members, and fellow members of the Class of 2018, please join me as I take you through our story. The story of 300 dreamers who four years ago, grasped an opportunity of a lifetime and decided to come to NYU Shanghai. The story of how we forged friendships that will last a lifetime. And for better or worse, the story of how we posted things on social media that will as well. The story of how, many of us wanted to give up, pack our bags and go home. But we didn’t and here we stand; united in glory, beaming with violet pride.

  Over the last four years, NYU Shanghai has showed us, and continues to show us that if someone is open to it, the ties that bind people - from their race, ethnicities or nationalities, etc. can be transcended by common ground - whether that’s leaving home for the first time, and exploring China with new friends, or going to a GPS lecture together and learning that the answer is often “it depends,” or perhaps to memorizing the iconic welcome tune of a certain 24 hour convenience store. But looking back through all the ups and downs, one thing is clear. The diversity in our nationalities, our gender identities, and socioeconomic backgrounds combined to create a rich diversity in thought, understanding, and action which has led to an unforgettable four years.

  Class of 2018, throughout all the ups, downs and midnight street food we’ve consumed, the empathy, kindness, and love we have shown one another is nothing short of amazing. We never just listened to respond with a sassy remark, well, almost never; but even when we did, we always tried to understand the other person’s point of view. You all are my heroes and I learnt something from each and every one of you. 孔子说: 三人行必有我师, as Confucius said, there is always someone to learn from and whether you all know it or not, you all pushed me, every day, to learn something new and become a better person. Not all heroes wear capes, for example, sometimes they wear blue Eleme 饿了么 jackets, but tonight, I see 300 heroes in purple gowns.

  And the world needs heroes, 世界需要蝙蝠侠. Jokes aside, we graduate at a time when the world, our world, is dealing with enormous challenges; but also at a time when the opportunity created by those challenges has never been greater.

  In 2014, John Sexton challenged us to play another octave of the piano, and that challenge does not end today. As we move forward, I hope we continue to challenge the status quo, continue to shatter ceilings and continue to be engaged agents of positive change within our communities. As we transition from students to alumni, we have a renewed responsibility to continue the standard of excellence we have set for ourselves. But we must also never forget, that it was NYU Shanghai that provided us this fantastic launch pad that many of us would have otherwise not be able to afford.

  But enough about the future. Let’s talk about the here and now. Tonight marks the end of a chapter in our stories. A chapter where friends became family, professors became mentors and Shiji Dadao 世纪大道 became home. A chapter where, with Wang Peng and Li You as our guides, we embraced Chinese culture, discovered the deliciousness of freshly made Xiaolongbao and learnt the language. I’ll never forget the first Chinese phrase I learned “Ni De Waimai Dao Le” - Your food delivery is here. But my favorite part of Chinese is that the most common term used to say goodbye - Zai Jian, literally translated to see you again. So, to conclude, to the inaugural Class of 2017, our faculty and staff members, the donors, the A Yi 阿姨 and Shi Fu 师傅, 衷心感谢你们为我们所做的一切. Thank you for everything you have done for us. You have laid the foundations of our future success.

  To the Class of 2019, we leave our home in your capable hands. To the Class of 2018, a.k.a the Class of 268, I’m extremely grateful and mighty proud that I had NYU Shanghai and all of you in my story. It truly made this chapter one I’d like to retell over and over again. Zai Jian!

(编辑:何莹莹)

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