The world is your oyster

The school year in Japan is soon coming to an end. I originally wanted to write a card for every student I knew who was graduating, but immediately realized I would probably run out of ink in all my pens before I could finish. So, I decided to write a somewhat generic message to all the students.


Dear Students of (my high school),

It’s time to say farewell, but I have few last things I want to say.

It seems like just yesterday that I introduced myself to you. “Hello everyone, my name is Alice and I love to eat, especially takoyaki.” Now, many of you will be graduating and going to university. Time flies!

Each one of you has amazed me every day with your brilliance and perseverance to learn English with me. I often joke asking, “Is your favorite thing to do learning English with Alice?” I hope so! I know it wasn’t easy, but I am proud of all of you for fighting through my challenging lessons.

I have one last phrase of the week for you.

Did you know that the world is your oyster?

I hope you said yes! It means you are free to do whatever you want in this world. この世界になんでもやりたいことができる. You can do anything and everything you want to do. Work hard, set goals and find your pearl!

Lastly, I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for another amazing year with you all. While I do stand in front of the classroom, like the lady in charge, I have learned many wonderful lessons from all of you. Thank you for being not only my students, but also my teachers.

I wish you all the best! Keep in touch!

Love,

Alice.

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