My name is Hadley Gallen
and for four years this day has brought me such anxiety. And I just want to be myself for you, I don’t want to prove anything today. This is my last chance to tell you who I am. I have been using other peoples’ monologues to try to show you who I really am, and it doesn’t feel right anymore. It never really did. I never had something of my own to say. Just my own expectations to fill. I have been studying for four years so that I could have the skills to make a difference in the world – but only now, at the end of my time hear, do I really understand the significance of what we do here. And I have never felt so calm. And alive. The work that I do is to help others understand the capabilities of their bodies, their minds, their own creativity. I’ve never been successful in the past because I didn’t own mine. Now I have a purpose, an understanding of what I am here to accomplish in this life. And it is so much bigger than these minutes. No monologue can express who I am and what I can do. But I never would have known that if you hadn’t given me these three minutes every semester to try.
So thank you for your time.