Letter: Graduates may leave, but won’t some return?

Jun 20, 2017

In this period of June, many students are graduating. A lot them are looking ahead to moving out of state for their career or college study. But will any of them look back?

My daughter, Laurena Lau, former President of the Honor Society (2010-2011) at Kamiak High School, recently had her commencement ceremony at Husky Stadium. She got her master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. She had previously gotten her bachelor’s degree in communication there in 2015. Congratulations to Laurena.

A few months ago, as she was planning for her future career path, she spent much time visiting and looking back to her former grade schools in Mukilteo, pondering how she could give back to them.

Every time she passes by Columbia Elementary School, Harbour Pointe Middle School – where she served as the vice president of the Honor Society – and Kamiak High School – where she served as the vice president of the Associated Student Body – she remembers how her schools and teachers nurtured her to be a responsible citizen, to share what she has with her neighbors. She always wants to find ways to thank them.

Finally, Laurena made a major decision in her life. Her vocation plan is to be an educator in the Mukilteo School District, to serve the Mukilteo community where she was raised for 12 years.

Nowadays, more and more young people would like to move out of state and out of country to pursue their career goals. Somehow, there is still a need for some of them to stay behind in their hometown, to offer their expertise to make Mukilteo strong, to make it the most livable city in the country.

Laurena chose to stay behind. This year's graduating students, what is your decision?

 

Dickie Lau
Mukilteo
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