-We are pleased to share with you this poem written by fellow Illinois Tech student, Jeannette Roberts upon the occasion and celebration of her peers from the Caribbean as they graduated from IIT, May 2014.
– We are thankful to the support, friendship and professional engagement upon our arrival and throughout our studies at IIT that this group of individuals have provided to us; the Caribbean Visionaries have been a most gracious and welcoming community for all of the newly arrived students from Syria.
You left your country in search of hope, a better education
You fought with much opposition to reach your destination
Never have I seen students like you with all this drive and determination
You survived obstacles upon obstacles that came your way
Winter, difficult professors, financial constraints and most of all discouraging words people may say
“You’ll never make it”, “You don’t have any money so take a semester off” or “going to school
here makes no sense”
Well, take a look at yourselves, you’ve definitely showed your defense and differentiated between nonsense and common sense.
You topped all your classes and like Usaine bolt, you made it first to the finish line
No competition, not to your front your side or behind
Because of you IIT was nominated as the School with the highest overall GPA
Because as they say, hard work and sleepless nights surely pay,
Although it’s hard to see you go,
We must let you know
That we love you, we appreciate you, and we will miss you so,
The legacy you left behind will forever live on
Not only here at IIT, but far and beyond
To Alex and Indhi, I will surely miss your good cooking of bouillon and sous,
Please don’t forget to invite me over when you buy your expensive house
To Sharbacha, Jaeide and my Avery, thanks for assisting me with physics and chemistry
Had it not been for you guys, I would have been history
To Mechia, Marvel and Rachel, thanks for your great sense of humor,
You surely know how to entertain an audience, reminds me of my friend miss Soomer
Krystal and Sirgi, thanks for being there for me when I needed someone to talk to,
you surely brought sunshine to my rainy days and you didn’t have a clue,
And to all those I didn’t mention, you have impacted someone’s life one way or the other
It sad to see us part this upcoming summer.
To the family members, thanks for believing in your children
They couldn’t have made it without your moral, financial and spiritual support from way back then
Some students don’t have it at all,
So we thank you for being here and making this moment a memorable one for them all.
To Dr. Patton and all those who have made this endeavor a reality for us
On a scale of 1-10, I give you ten plus
You were always there for us when we needed you,
A mother, a friend, a confidant, a teacher, a role model, you have always been true
Graduants, I live you with these few words!
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world
they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact.
It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is
temporary. Impossible is nothing!
Felicitaciones, Félicitations, Congratulations class of 2014!