America’s fight for independence has always been of particular interest to me. No matter what country you are from, there is something to be learned from this classic story in history.

General George Washington observed that the victory in the War of Independence was through very peculiar circumstances. In his words, the war was won “by a concatenation of causes [which] in all probability at no time, or under any circumstance, will combine again.” Indeed, the Continental army was comprised of citizen volunteers who were paid little, poorly fed and were exposed to all conditions. The British army was, as it seemed, better prepared, better equipped and better provided for. The history books are full of stories that depict the Continental army defying all odds.

This is a stage in your life which, to quote George Washington again, “at no time, or under any circumstance, will combine again.” You have a unique opportunity to gain an education and work towards something greater in your life.

As you prepare for your final examinations, recognize that you will never have these courses again. I hope that you will make the most of the peculiar circumstance you are in right now and do your best to achieve the highest goals you have set for yourself.

What a privilege and honor it is to represent you