Today is undoubtedly one of the days that will live with us for the rest of our lives. Like all of you, I look forward to what comes next with giddy excitement and optimism, but at the same time, I cannot help but reflect on the moments leading up to today. I stand here as the valedictorian of the class of 2021, an honor I regard extremely highly. However, I make a conscious effort not to dwell on that fact.
Academics is just one aspect of a multifaceted approach to education. In my time here, I have come to understand that AUN does not just educate the student, it educates the person. Thus it would be remiss of me to be blinded by this achievement and not evaluate myself and my time here outside the scope of academics. Indeed, I believe these past four years at AUN have seen me learn more beyond the confines of the classroom than I have within it. Being a part of the Honor Society, an experience I consider to be the highlight of my AUN journey, showed me the virtues of teamwork, character and service. I can confidently say I am now a better person for it.