Some days ago, I was thinking about the hook for my speech, finally I figured out the best idea was to ask you a question, what you would like to do before you die?, There are a lot of things I want to do, and, I want to share with you a couple of them
First, before I die I want to thanks not only God, but also all my family for thisawesome opportunity at the ELI. Also I want to thank all the hard working people on the executive board, all my great teachers, Emily, Debbie and Tomas. All my amazing LA’s, Lauren andAmanda, and all incredible friends and classmates, because without you this experience couldn’t be better. For me, I think the ELI is a little world into the United States, now I understandwhy University of Florida and the gator nation is everywhere. It’s the first time I have met people from all around the world in the same place.
Second, before I die I want toencourage you to live your life always doing your best. Today I’m here; perhaps tomorrow you will be talking as me in front of a lot of people either here in the ELI, or in some place in theworld. I think the best way to be successful in life is taking risks and listening to your heart, think about you deeper dreams and what do you want to do, but for some reason youhaven’t done, and make it happen, it is never too late. Before I die I want to travel, smile, cry, laugh, sing, and improve my English, because life isn’t made for understanding but is forliving.
Finally, before I die I want to see you again, there are several places I would like to meet again, as such Gainesville, somewhere in the US, your country if you are notfrom US, or in Colombia of course. Thank you so much for each moment in this spring semester, I will keep it in my memory forever.
Juan Sebastian Useche Escobar