Yesterday, Princess Marie was in Solrod Strand to attend the diploma ceremony of the Academy of Talented Youth.
The Academy for Talented Youth is for young people with special interests or abilities. The purpose of the academy is to inspire and challenge students and thus prepare them for an academic career. The Academy offers various lectures and technical workshop to its students in various academic disciplines.
Princess Marie made the opening speech of the ceremony and then listened to several students’ speeches. Here is Princess Marie’s speech:
Congratulations on your well deserved diploma. It is a concrete proof that you have completed the Academy of Talented Youth’s program.
You are special talents – chosen from your respective colleges because you are desirable to gain new knowledge and be empowered.
Over the past 2 years, you have participated in seminars, lectures and workshops, learned new knowledge and have been inspired by innovative business models and market access.
In a globalized world with crisp international competition, we need to do something more for our talented students.
It is crucial that we create special opportunities for you.
Just like the offers and courses you’ve just completed, where you can be challenged and flourish in innovative and academic environments.
We must grow and strengthen our talent mass, so Denmark can be a pioneer country that can compete internationally.
Because we simply can not keep up with the rapid development if we do not offer a developing and creative framework for the coolest and most motivated young Danes who will make a difference and create value for our society.
You are all motivated and ready to make an extra effort.
It’s just your greatest talent! Motivation and dedication will lead you to life.
The competition between the best talents is hard.
I have experienced that from the years I studied and worked in Boston, New York, Paris and Geneva.
You have completed a talent development program that will enable you to meet your potential. But your exciting journey has just begun!
There is a lot to learn. There are many experiences you still have to do.
You will soon choose which education you want to throw over.
Perhaps the academic race has made the choice easier – either knowing what to want or, at least, what do you not want to study at the university.
My advice to you is to choose a study with both brain and heart: There must be good job opportunities for you, but it certainly must also be a field of knowledge you are passionate about.
Therefore, I would also encourage you to seek inspiration, knowledge and new social relations abroad through more study and internship.
You will not regret it! I know from my own youth that it can change your life!
Remember, there will always be fights and challenges on your way. Fortunately! Because it is the challenges that shape and develop you.
Once again congratulations on your diplomas. I wish you good luck forever. “
She then had the opportunity to met some of the 400 students that were getting their diploma.
Before leaving, Princess Marie had the opportunity to pose for a photo with the 400 students.