“Take not the road less traveled” – Mikaela Fudolig’s Valedictory Address
Mikaela Irene Fudolig, valedictorian summa cum laude of UP Batch 2007, closed Sunday’s commencement exercises with an inspiring speech, entitled Take Not the Road Less Traveled. In this speech she challenges the graduates to “take not the road less traveled; rather, make new roads, blaze new trails, find new routes to your dreams.”
She started her speech with an observation that UP students can’t seem to “stay on the pavement.” That “from every street corner that bounds an unpaved piece of land, one will espy a narrow trail that cuts the corner, or leads from it.” She goes on to wonder about the experience of the people who first walked on that “narrow trail that cuts the corner” and finally comparing it to the challenges of the UP student and how the UP student takes on a path different to what is conventional.
Read the full transcript at the UP Pagtatapos 07 Web site. It seems that the UP Pagtatapos 07 Web site had been deleted. Sorry for the inconvenience. The podcast is still up, though.