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Amanda Lee, Class of 2020

We are delighted to have another class of inspiring young ladies in Grade 12 who are preparing for the final year at Crofton House School. Amanda Lee, Head Girl shared her words of ‘vision’ for her class’s final year.
 
Welcome back everyone! Coming back from a long summer break, you may be a little hesitant to jump right back into the swing of things. But that’s alright because alongside your wonderfully supportive teachers, parents, and peers, there’s a group of self-proclaimed “CHS Pros” that are also here to help. Today, I have the honour of introducing the 104 wisest, kindest, and most inspirational seniors you will ever meet. May I present to you… the grad class of 2020 Vision!

Now I know what you’re thinking. Not everyone in the grade has 20/20 vision. But that’s not why we chose the name. We wanted a name that not only sounded cool, but that would also reflect the legacy that we as a grad class wanted to leave behind. You see, vision isn’t just about sight. As some of you may know, 20/20 vision isn’t even the best vision you can have. But this year isn’t about being perfect. This year is about understanding our past, living in the present, and planning for the bright futures ahead of us. In other words, 2020 Vision is about hindsight, insight, and foresight.

First and foremost, hindsight is the ability to understand a situation after it happens. This can mean learning from mistakes, or building off of ideas that have worked in the past. It has become very apparent to us seniors that mistakes are inevitable, so we should embrace them. Everyone will face challenges this year, whether it’s adjusting to a new timetable, or realizing that binging The Office for the fourth time instead of studying for your math test isn’t a great idea. Just know that these challenges can be overcome, and by using hindsight, they’ll turn into valuable learning experiences. 2020 Vision is about understanding. 

Next, we have insight. The ability to understand the true nature of people or things. Now is the time for all of you to explore your passions and develop a higher sense of self-awareness in the present. That’s the keyword here: present. Because my biggest advice for all of you is to be present this school year. Be present for your teachers, your peers, and your family. It’s very easy to get caught up in your schoolwork and the competitiveness of your academic life, making it even more important to stay true to yourself and to those around you. Focus on personal growth, because time goes by too quickly to be anyone but yourself. 2020 Vision is about self-awareness. 

And finally, foresight. The ability to predict and plan for events to come. 2020 is such a significant year for society. There’s going to be another US presidential election, the 2020 summer olympics, and of equal, if not more importance to society, the class of 2020 Vision will be graduating. In just 158 school days, another summer break will begin, not that I’m already counting down the days or anything... But yes, you heard that right, only 158 school days into the future, we’ll be saying goodbye to another school year. For 2020 Vision, this will be our last goodbye. So with these 158 days, we all must use foresight to live each of them to their fullest. For example, when deciding whether or not to go into the grad lounge, remember that if you’re not in Vision, it’s a bad decision. Use foresight to help you make the right decisions. 2020 Vision is about adaptability. 

Now you’re all set for the school year, as long as you remember to use hindsight, insight, and foresight. Remember that we are truly a group of exceptional youth, and your futures are so bright, so embrace them. As Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Well, this year is all about vision. And you can bet that ours is 20/20.