EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD SPEECH
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, and reasoned like a child.
When I became an adult, I put aside childish ways.”
This thought best explains my growth experience over the last four years at DeSales
Entering this University I had what can only be explained as a sheltered view of the
Growing up in a loving family I never wanted for anything… attention, love, toys, food,
As a result, I believed that all children had the same luxuries that I was blessed
with throughout my youth.
In high school there was no question of “if” I would go on to college,
but only where I would choose to attend.
It was the logical next step after high school, an idea
that I thought was universal.
Looking back I can’t imagine I was that naive, thinking that the
world was fair; a view that would change over the next four years by a string of experience that
can only be classified as eye opening and life changing.
During one of these experiences, my first trip with DeSales to Houston, Texas, I was
fully exposed to the impact that poverty and low expectations of students’ potential have on the
It was an experience that not only opened my eyes but broke my heart.
first as I looked at the people that we served on that first day working in the soup kitchen all of
the stereotypes that I have heard ran through my head… lazy, druggie, alcoholic, poor, minority,
waste of taxpayers money, and unmotivated.
But as I looked into the faces of these men,
women, and children I saw in each individual the faces of students that I have encountered
throughout my experiences in different classrooms during my time as an education major.
could not help but wonder about the path they traveled from having limitless potential to now
being in the most vulnerable of positions.