Faster. Higher. Stronger.
Citius, Altius, Fortius. The latin motto of the Olympic Games encourages athletes and spectators alike to strive for excellence and stretch the limits of human capability. Every couple years, we see world records being broken, and the past Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was no exception. The athletes train hard at their sport for four long years just to get a chance to be on the podium and win a medal. They want to make their country proud, but they also just want to do their best to make all their hard work pay off.
Even though the Olympics are competitions at the highest level and gold medals are on the line, they are also a means of bringing different nations and different peoples together. We are often able to witness the comradery and sportsmanship of athletes as they shake hands and hug each other for a job well done. This kind of spirit is what makes the Olympics so successful. The viewers from all around the world love seeing the success of their nation’s athletes, but are also delighted to see the fight and determination of athletes from other countries.
As the school year continues, why don’t you adopt that same spirit? Strive for excellence in your studies, athletics and work, but don’t step on people in the process. Respect your competition and you will be respected when you reach your full potential. The athletes make their sport look really easy, but we know there was hard work and pain along the way. It’s the same with your journey through school and life. There are no shortcuts to success. In four years, the Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China. Where do you see yourself then? Whatever your dream schools and dream jobs are, you will certainly need to put in the work to reach those goals.
Good luck and do your best the rest of the year!