Permit me to share my AUN story in a nutshell. From the onset, AUN was never an option because I nursed ambitions to have a career in aviation. But then, AUN happened. So on coming to AUN, I came with just one plan – To live a quiet life, mind my business, and graduate – Well, AUN changed all of that! I went from the Nonchalant Freshman in my first semester, to being an SGA Dorm Senator, Community Service Leader, an ELA Ambassador, a Member of the Judicial Council and a host of other responsibilities that transformed me into the strong and ambitious young woman who stands here today! Truly a lot can happen in four years.
Talking about change of plans! Yes, I earlier had ambitions to fly someday; Today, I tell you that Fly I shall, because AUN has equipped me, and all others who will walk across this stage today to fly; In the words of the great philosopher, Nicki Minaj, We came to win, to fight, to conquer, to rise….. to fly! And we shall fly, because we leave this hall today with the AUN dream, the AUN story, the AUN voice, and indeed the AUN experience!
Class of 2021, my message to you today is a challenge. I challenge us to be different from our generation! To go out there and continue to live, not just simply exist! To walk tall, but be humble, to see our worth and the worth of others, and amidst all that is happening in the world today to always remember as we have been taught in AUN - that there is strength in unity and beauty in diversity!