Annie Lee, ’05, Alumni Board of Governors, on why she chose Seattle U…edited from a speech given to accepted students on Saturday, April 11, 2011.
My reasons why I made the decision to attend Seattle University may have been made at a different time, but I believe the reasons still stand true, if not, it’s even more applicable today.
The first reason is SEATTLE. Seattle is a diverse metropolitan city that is a breeding ground for so many professions. For those of you thinking about Pre-Med, Ultrasound, or Nursing, all the major hospitals in Seattle are within a mile or two radius (but none of them is the one from Grey’s Anatomy). There are Boeing and Microsoft for you engineering types; Amazon, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and a plethora of local mom & pops for those who like to run the show (like me), and plenty of culture for you artsy fartsy folks. And a music scene like you won’t believe. How many of you in this room know the song “Smells like teen spirit” (I mean, Coachella is going on this weekend and I’m still here). No really, Seattle gives you the flexibility to find a career no matter what your major may be.
The second reason is the education. And I’m not talking about your just regular academics but JESUIT EDUCATION -- and what I mean by that is, because it truly embodies character development, like asking the hard questions (to yourself, about yourself, about everyone and everything in this world). This is the kind of knowledge that will not only shape you into who you are, but how you can hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Your studies will land you into the job you want. And your character will help you determine the job you keep, to help you succeed no matter what set of cards life will hand you.
Lastly, is SERVICE & COMMUNITY, and notice I didn’t say community service. I say these separately but they go hand in hand, because when unexpected things happen, you need service to step up and support each other as a community, just like how the world came together and served the country of our neighbors in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. We were serving each other as citizens of the world, and building a community along the way. In this economy, we need to support each other through service, and foster a community for moral support. It’s the only way 10 years from now, one of you might be standing where I am today, painting a hopefully different picture, and reasons may still stand true.
This is why I am happy I chose Seattle University. I have gone through broken hearts, losing the people I love, watching my friends and colleagues lose their jobs, gain it back, find my passions, and whatever set of cards life decided to hand me along the way. Life is a beautiful struggle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because I have a city who provides me opportunities, an education that prepared me to be resilient while sharing my energy with others, and a support system as company along the way. For me, this is success.
Annie Lee, ‘05