Beyond These Walls at Ocean Lakes High School

February 20th, 2013 at 4:04 pm by under Personalities, Uncategorized

It’s becoming an annual tradition:  Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach invites me to be a guest speaker during its Founders Week.

The theme changes every year. This year’s  was “Beyond These Walls”.  During my visit on February 5, 2013 I started by reading some quotes. These are just a few:

“Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.” — W. E. B. Du Bois

“Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.” — Helen Rowland

And I asked my Facebook friends what they would share with the kids and Darnell Jordan posted this,   “As I stood at on your High School door entrance and pondered; that beyond these walls are educated minds. A wall that will forever stand for education. As the school bell rings at the end of the school day, a wall will appear. But this wall shall always remind me that ” I have entered now I will pursue and lead by the example that is now bestowed in me.”

I talked to the students about how their lives are really just beginning and the choices they make now will shape the way their lives turn out.  They’ll make mistakes, but they must know how to recover from them. I warned them about watching what they post on social media sites and also told them how taking care of their minds, bodies and spirit now will benefit them in the future as they begin to age.  They asked me a lot of questions about the TV news business. I told them it’s changing rapidly with so many platforms for people to get their news. We are all doing so much more with less and it can be a difficult career for people who are trying to take care of their families. I told them with anything, they should pursue a career by starting with doing something they love and would do even it paid nothing- or close to nothing.

What a great group of kids! I have a soft spot in my heart for OLHS because my youngest brother, Nick graduated from there and continues to thrive in an engineering career.

Oh, and thanks for the cool Tervis cup with the dolphins on it. I’ve already used it at the gym! ;-)


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One Response to “Beyond These Walls at Ocean Lakes High School”

  1. Andrea Smolin says:

    Thank you Nicole!!! Every year we look forward to Founders Week and hope that we will be able to hear from you again. I love all the quotes and the pictures. Thank you for all you do for the community and for OLHS!!

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