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Good evening, my name is Ayomide Ajakaiye. At the beginning of the year, I came up with a motto for myself; to enjoy the moment. To take advantage of every drop of life. So to everyone who has ever said or done something that has left a positive impact on me, thank you. Because of you, I can enjoy my moment.

Once upon a time, I was a young girl about to start an adventure. I didn’t know where I was going, but I was ready for the journey at hand. I was ready to enjoy the moment. Through the years, I started to shed some of my innocence as I grew and developed my character and personality. In City Academy, I was able to become myself. I could be real. Be genuine. Be unique. There is an age old question that I am certain has been posed through many minds of Who am I? What am I supposed to be? What is my purpose? And perhaps, we will never know the full story. But I know I have unlocked some of it through my moments at City Academy.

It’s funny how in new stages of life, many people often think of it as unwelcoming. But I don’t think that the actual change is what people are afraid of. People want to be able to predict things. However, unpredictability is a part of change. I remember during my first day of 2nd grade being so excited because I had moved upstairs; however, I did not expect 2nd grade to come with so much homework. I learned things though and adapted. Though it always got more arduous, I still accomplished the task by the end of it. Each year a new part of me was revealed allowing me to be able to take on new challenges. The people around me who support and push me have made it conceivable for me to be hopeful for the future because I can do it. Because people believe in me, I am able to strive. From striving, I will succeed.

Over the years, I have grown fond of the color white. Maybe I like the color because of how sleek it looks. How it can go with any color and enhance the quality of both colors. White represents so many different ideas, and perhaps I have become enamored with the color because of the concept of the promise white holds. We are all born with the capacity for greatness, it is what we do with our abilities that prove if we deserve to have them to begin with.

My family was the beginning, and City Academy came through and pushed me furthermore. They made me want to strive. People from all types of places, have made me want to strive. I don’t want to disappoint them. Or myself. To my City Academy Teachers and Faculty especially to my parents, and brother, and my extended family, thank you for allowing me to enjoy my moments.

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