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News - June 8, 2012

'Follow your heart'

Graduating senior borrows words of encouragement from Steve Jobs

by Nick Veronin

"Today is the day we graduate!" Yasmeen Serhan exclaimed toward the beginning of the final student speech — shortly before Los Altos High School's graduating class of 2012 walked across the stage to accept their diplomas, as parents, family and friends cheered them on.

In her speech, Serhan recalled her high school journey — a long and twisted learning and growing experience, which began with the teenager planning to study at University of California, Los Angeles to become a filmmaker, but ended with her choosing to go into pre-law at University of Southern California, UCLA's rival school.

Draped in blue caps and gowns, the 395 Los Altos High School graduates took to the bleachers on Tom Burt Field shortly after 6 p.m. on June 1 to say goodbye to their alma mater and hello to their future.

Paying homage one of Silicon Valley's great leaders — a man that many of this year's graduates no doubt admire and aspire to emulate — Serhan quoted from Apple founder Steve Jobs' famous 2006 Stanford commencement speech.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward," she said. "You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, karma, whatever it is. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even if it leads you off the well-worn path. And that, my friends, will make all the difference."


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