April 10, 2008

第20期生 修了式 <20期生代表スピーチ> 金チュウ善(神奈川・外語短期大学付属高校卒)

a826c036.gif2007年2月、期待や不安を胸に私はNICのヘッドスタートプログラムへと向かっていました。
新しい仲間と仲良くなれるのか。先生の期待にこたえられるのか。与えられた課題をきちんと終わらせることができるのか。
しかし、私はただ単に慣れ親しんだこれまでの高校の勉強方法から、NICの新しい勉強方法への抜け道を探していたほかの生徒たちとなんら変わらなかったのです。

そんな時、一生忘れることができない廣田先生との出会いが訪れました。まだ自分の将来に不安を覚えていた私にとって、彼女とのささやかな会話はその不安を取り除いてくれました。やさしくそして強い意志のこもった目で、私の話にじっと耳を傾けてくれるその姿に尊敬の念を抱いただけでなく、自分の悩みも含めて、100%さらけ出せる人がいるこのNICを選んで正解だったのだと強く確信しました。

そして、廣田先生をはじめ、色々な人に支えられ、一年前の不安にかられながらヘッドスタートプログラムにいた私とは違う私がここにいます。その一つとして、私は友人から中途半端な努力をしないことを学びました。両親と暮らしている私とは違い、多くの友人は地方から上京してきました。しかし、慣れない生活の中でも関わらず、莫大な宿題を期日までに終わらせてくる彼らを見て、宿題に埋もれながらも途中でやめてしまうことは恥ずかしく思いました。

それだけでなく、NICの先生方やスタッフの皆さんのおかげで、何もかも他人任せであった一年前と比べて自立した私がここにいます。勉強を続けるのかどうかという単純な決断から始まり、どの学校で何を勉強するのかという自分の人生を左右する決断まで、そのどれもが私の自立を手助けしてくれました。

それにもまして、この一年の経験は私に、何が人生でもっとも重要なのかを教えてくれました。ひとつはチューターとして働いたときです。ある女の子に聞かれたことを今でも良く覚えています。「どうすれば英語が話せるようになるのか。」と。先生の言っていることはほとんど聞き取れない上に、自分の英語力を上回っている大勢の生徒たちに囲まれて、彼女は圧倒されていました。しかし、数ヶ月前に、わずか25歳という若さで私のもとを離れていったいとこの姉が私に気づかせてくれたのです。人生にはもっと大変なことがたくさんあって、それに比べれば、勉強の悩みというのはほんの小さな問題でしかないということを。

そして、忘れてはいけないのがNICでのハードなスケジュールにずっと付き合ってきてくれた私の両親です。父と母は私に最大限の勉強時間を確保するために自分たちの時間を割いて身の回りのことをしてくれました。スピーチの前日には、真夜中過ぎにも関わらず、ビデオを撮りながら観客として予行練習を一緒にしてくれました。こんなに最高な両親に囲まれて、私は本当にこの上なく幸せだと思います。そしてここにいる皆も、支えられた形は違うにしろ、きっと私と同じような気持ちを両親に抱いていることでしょう。

最後に、私たちの夢に近づく手助けをしてくれたすべての人々に感謝の意を示したいと思います。そして、様々な困難を乗り越えてきたNICでの友人に、「未来の監督、アナウンサー、歌手、スピーカーデザイナー、俳優、そして億万長者、おめでとう。」と言いたい。私はというと、ジャーナリストにしろ、アンカーにしろ、そしてトークショーでの司会者にしろ、メディアの関わった仕事をするのが今の目標です。そして他のどのものよりもこの私たちの夢、そしてこの新たなスタート地点が今私たちにもっとも重要なのではないのでしょうか。ここでジネラルモーターの創始者であるウィリアム・デューラントの言葉を借りて私のスピーチに幕を閉じたいと思います。
「過去の過ちを忘れなさい。失敗を忘れなさい。そしてあなたが今やるべきこと以外すべて忘れなさい。そして実行しなさい。」
ありがとうございました。


英語によるスピーチ(全文)
February 2007, my heart was full of desire, and I was so extremely nervous before I opened the door of my head start class. I felt as if I had so much pressure to prove myself in my classes. I asked myself many questions before entering: How will I get along with my classmates? Will I disappoint my teachers? Will I really be able to handle the amount of work that is required? However, I did find a common bond with my classmates: we were simply struggling to get out of the old style of studying that we had become accustomed to in high school. That was me, one year ago. Afraid and uncertain, yet filled with that itchy feeling of wanting to simply enjoy my newfound life at NIC.

Then a special encounter happened to me that impressed me and will continue to impress me throughout my life. It was my first counseling with Ms. Hirota when I was not sure about my future. Her power comes from her care of wanting to hear the stories of people. And so she was listening to me. Her tender questions were all focused on me which made me so open to her and caused me to want to expose my feelings in front of her. I can never forget the way she looked at me with those kind but strong eyes. At the same time, I realized that I deeply admired her power to bring out the most of others and to get involved in their stories. She was one of the reasons that I felt my choice to enroll at NIC was right, and I felt so protected and sure of my decision thereafter.

And now a year later, I am a changed person as a result of my encounters with special people here like her who have made my life at NIC so much different. But exactly how have I grown since that first nervous moment in my head start class? For one thing, I am more unyielding in my effort. I was always encouraged by my classmates every time they finished their homework on time in spite of having tons additional housework, unlike me. Compared to their responsibilities both at home and school, I felt shame to stop half way despite the tons of homework that I received everyday.

Moreover, I became more independent than I was one year ago. Then I still wanted everything to be done for me by other people. However, the teachers and staff at NIC encouraged us to be responsible for the decisions that affect our lives. Deciding whether or not to study, where to study abroad and what to major in were our responsibility alone to make, and I appreciate the chance to decide this.

In addition, I am more appreciative about life through several experiences this past year. In the Tutoring Center, I remember working with a young lady, whose name I can no longer recall, who asked, “How can I be able to speak English?” She told me she could hardly understand what her teachers were saying and she was so frustrated and worried that so many students were much better than her. I was constantly supporting many students like her who were worried about their English ability. And then a tragedy a few months later made priorities in my life much clearer when I lost my very close cousin, who was like a sister to me. She passed away to cancer at the young age of 25, just a few years older than me. This put things into perspective and made me realize that life is to be cherished and that the problems that we encounter like not being able to speak English well are actually small and expected of a person learning the language. I realized that this year.

Of course, nothing would have changed had it not been for my parents who often put up with my hard schedule at NIC. To be honest, I hardly did any housework this past year even though my mother and father sacrificed all of their time to make me have as much time as possible for my studying. One time, before I had a speech, they helped me by videotaping myself and were willing to be my audience even though it was already midnight. They are the best parents for me, and I am sure that all of you are feeling the same as me even though the way your parents supported you is different.

And so, I stand before you today to thank all of the people who had made us one step closer to our dreams that are about to come true. So congratulations director, newscaster, singer, speaker designer, actor, and billionaire—just a few of the many dreams of my close friends at NIC. As for me, I am the newscaster. I plan to pursue a career in the media. Whether I’ll be a journalist, an anchor, or a talk show host, I’m not sure. But it’s a dream, my dream, and this start is all that matters now. So I would like to close my speech with some choice words of General Motors’ founder, William Durant who said, “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” Well… Now we’re doing it. Thank you.



Posted by ktukjp at 10:14