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Emara's High School Graduation Speech

by W. Sam Emara

Good morning. I don’t usually have to do this but, it looks like I’m going to have to. I said, ‘good morning ladies and gentlemen!’ Alright, now you’re starting to sound like the parents of these guys.

While I’m up here, I might as well be honest with you. Firstly, it really feels like some kind of Saint Patrick’s Day event up here, and secondly, the one thing I hate are long, beat-around-the-bush boring graduation speeches. So if it were up to me, our graduation ceremony would be nothing more than a self-serving bucket of diplomas. But, you can’t always have things your way. So I’m going to share a little something on the more personal side.

As many of you know, for quite some time, I’ve been suffering from this horrible, vicious, and merciless disease... called Senioritis.

For those of you that are not familiar with this illness it affects the neural pathways of the brain responsible for concentration and work ethic. Leaving students paralyzed in the classroom and unable to perform any and all forms of academic work. The symptoms of Senioritis are exuded by the entire class and usually take effect during senior year, hence the name ‘Senior-itis’.

But for some strange reason I was diagnosed about two weeks into my freshman year.

In any case, I come today with good news and that is that as of today, we as a class are officially Senioritis free! So if any one of my teachers remembers an assignment or two that I forgot to hand in, you have my email; I’m sure my peers feel the same way.

Notice that I didn’t say “cured” of Senioritis. You see, unfortunately there is no cure for this illness. Trust me; I’ve been working at a lab for several years. There is no cure. Senioritis simply goes dormant for about three years, and comes back after you’re in college. If you decide to go to grad school, depending on what type, you’ll see it again in about seven years. So it’s an ongoing cycle.

On a more serious note though - and I am being serious. This graduating class that you see before you is filled with leadership and brilliance, truly. And, if it doesn’t come sooner, it will be the men and women on this stage that will bring peace and security to the world.

The past four years have been fun, and Lab has been great, except, and there’s always an exception from this day onward Lab has lost what’s undoubtedly its most valuable asset... that is, the graduating class of 2003!

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NYC Lab School
Chosen by his High School teachers to tutor peers.
W. S. Emara tutors New York City students from K–12 in-person, and online via skype video calls for those outside NYC.
New York University Medical Center Microbiology Research Laboratory
Design and perform experiments in infectious disease as a member of the lab group of Department of Medicine Chairman Martin J. Blaser, MD.
Recieved email:
Accepted into Columbia University
Continued to tutor students and conduct research as a premed biology major.
Publishes article on microbiology research
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Emara Academic Solutions™
Returned to NYC to continue his tutoring practice.
Friedrich-Engels Gymnasium Senftenberg, Deutschland
Taught English to students from grades 9 to 12 in German High School.

Revitalized English department, streamlining the ambitions of the students and the requirements of standardized testing into a contemporary curriculum.
Internship in Building Community
Facilitated the livelihood of students enrolled in Columbia University’s High School Summer Program as a Resident Advisor.

Coordinated and supervised extracurricular activities for students throughout NYC.


Larisa F.
(tutored regularly from September ’05 to June ’08 in Math and Chemistry)
"I walk into a session not even knowing how to start a type of problem, and I leave able to solve any version of it."
Dan B.
(a Writing client in January’09)
"He’s just so good at it… he’s like a machine, you give him a writing prompt and out comes an A paper."
Ben T.
(tutored regularly from August ’06 to June ’07 in Math and then College Admissions Essay Writing)
"[W. S. Emara] was involved and interested in my success. While other tutors I’ve had were impersonal time-watchers, my Emara Academic Solutions sessions wouldn’t even start until after some time talking with the family."
Ina R.
(mother of two students tutored in English in ’07)
“Besides the immediate results of higher English grades, the more striking results were long-term. Both of my children became more engaged students that take pride in their work raising scores in more than just English class.”