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美国第一夫人米歇尔马丁·路德·金高中毕业典礼讲话
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  And I have to tell you, another reason why I wanted to come here is that all the things I’ve heard about this school, it is so familiar to me because I actually went to a school just like this one when I was your age.  I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, and as I made my way through -- yes, South Side.  (Laughter and applause.)  South Side.  South Side -- you can find them everywhere.  (Laughter.)

  But as I made my way through elementary school, because we didn’t have junior high, my number one goal was to go to a high school that would push me and challenge me.  I wanted to go somewhere that would celebrate achievement; a place where academic success wouldn’t make me a target of teasing or bullying, but instead would be a badge of honor.  And for me, Whitney Young Magnet High School was that place.  And during my four years there, I made the most of all my experiences.  I chose the classes that I thought would get me ahead.  I signed up for every activity that I could fill up my applications with, and I focused my life around the singular goal of getting into the next school of my dreams, which was Princeton University.  And I -- (applause) -- thank you.

  But let me tell you, I still remember that time in my life so vividly, and you will, too.  It seemed like every paper was life or death, every point on an exam was worth fighting for.  Yes, a lot of head-shaking there, a lot of faculty.  You’re sick of them lobbying you for some extra points, aren’t you?  (Laughter.)

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