DAEWON FOREIGN LANGUAGE HIGHSCHOOL
SEOUL, KOREA-MARCH 3, 2003
Thank you, Mr. . Dr. LEE, Principal Nam, Vice-Principal Kim, Teachers, Parents, Students, and Friends. It is a great pleasure to welcome a new group of students to DFLHS and congratulate you on your great achievement. There is a verse in the bible which reads, "Many are called, but few are chosen." You are among the few who have been chosen. This is a great honor, but it also means you have a great responsibility. Another verse in the bible says, " To those to whom much is given, much is expected." We expect great things from you. You have been blessed with great gifts and intelligence. Until now, you have used those gifts and intelligence very well. However, I have heard that some Korean students work and study very hard in high school, but when they get to the University, they stop studying and use their time playing and making demonstrations. You must not do that. If you do, you are robbing yourself of a great opportunity to improve and continue to grow.
Leaing is a lifetime process and should never stop. You are like a plant. When you stop growing, you begin to die. You must not do that. The mind only stops growing when you stop feeding it. Your mind is your most valuable treasure. I heard a wise old man say something very interesting one time. He pointed to his head and said, " What you put in here, No one can take away from you." Remember that, And continue to put good things in your head and mind. The best way to do that is by reading. The wisdom of the ages is stored in books. If you want to be wise, you will read and study many, many books. Playing computer games may be fun and interesting, but it will not give you wisdom to solve life''''s most difficult problems. It is from great books, study, and thinking about them that we gain wisdom. The search for wisdom is our most exciting and satisfying activity.
May your search be strong, continuous, and successful.
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