France is a beautiful country, rich with history, culture, and life. Through Saint Mary's French exchange program with the Institution des Chartreux, I was provided with the opportunity to experience life in another country, firsthand. The trip lasted two weeks, which gave us plenty of time to get to know our French host families and immerse ourselves in their culture. We were able to test our French language skills, grow our vocabularies, and appreciate a different way of life.
Although the college search process formally begins in the eleventh grade, you and your family have the benefit of access to your college counselors as early as ninth grade. The college counselors at Saint Mary's School offer support to you and your faculty advisor on questions related to academic planning and preparation for college.
They will guide you through the process of identifying and applying to colleges and universities that best fit you based on your academic profile, interests and goals. The College Counseling Office consistently provides opportunities for Saint Mary's students to assist in the preparation of applying to colleges and universities. They host nearly 100 college representatives on campus each year from both domestic and international institutions and regularly visit other college and university campuses across the country. Recently they have visited schools in Virgina, Washington D.C., South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, and, of course, North Carolina. Although your path and progress are in your control, you will have the support of the College Counseling Office along the way.
Traditionally, each year, one hundred percent of Saint Mary's seniors are accepted for admission at a wide array of selective colleges and universities. Students at Saint Mary's School typically submit applications to an average of 6 institutions. We are heartened by the success Saint Mary's girls experience in the college application and selection process. A willingness on the part of students to explore the educational options that exist at the local, regional, national and international levels allows them to leave the Saint Mary's community and move forward in their educational pursuits successfully.
Our college counselors encourage and welcome your questions, and look forward to working with you.
Good morning everyone. I would like to start off with how humbled I am to be standing in front of you today, and I am grateful to my class for giving me this opportunity. As a short aside, I'd like to take this time thank faculty, staff, underclasswomen, parents, and families, because behind every graduate in the class of '18 is a multitude of great people who helped her get this far. Graduates, let's give them a big round of applause.
For this speech, I did a lot of research because I wanted to make this really great for you all. The class of 2018 deserves that. To let you know my process, I read through past Saint Mary's commencement speeches, I watched highschool speakers from across the country on youtube, and most importantly, I studied in depth the inspirational graduation speech of High School Musical 3 protagonist, Troy Bolton.