Honorable Judges， fellow students：
Recently， ther is a heated debate in our society. The college students are the beneficiaries of a rare privilege， who receive exceptional education at extraordinary places. But will we be able to face the challenge and support ourselves against all odds? Will we be able to better the lives of others? Will we be able to accept the responsibility of building the future of our country?
The cynics say the college students are the pampered lost generation， which would cringe at the slightest discomfort. But the cynics are wrong. The college students I see are eagerly learning about how to live independently. We help each other clean the dormitory， go shopping and bargain together， and take part time jobs to supplement our pocket money.
The cynics say we care for nothing other than grades; and we neglect the need for character cultivation. But again， the cynics are wrong. We care deeply for each other， we cherish freedom， we treasure justice， and we seek truth. Last week， thousands of my fellow students had their blood type tested in order to make a contribution for the children who suffer from blood cancer.
As college students， we are adolescents at the critical turning point in our lives. We all face a fundamental choice： cynicism or faith， each will profoundly impact our future， or even the future of our country. I believe in all my fellow classmates. Though we are still inexperienced and even a little bit childish. I believe that we have the courage and faith to meet any challenge and take on our responsibilities. We are preparing to assume new responsibilities and tasks， and to use the education we have received to make our world a better place. I believe in our future.
change the world? change ourselves
good evening， honorable judges， ladies and gentlemen。
it’s my great pleasure to stand here to present my speech—change the world， change ourselves。
it’s noticable that western holidays are becoming increasingly popular day by day， while chinese traditional festivals are being somewhat neglected。 not long before about 10 doctors in beijing university and qinghua unversity announced that we should reject the invasion of western holidays ，because they regard western holidays as an challenge against our traditional festivals and culture。
frankly speaking， i don’t quite agree with them。indeed， we should never neglect or even discard our traditonal festivals as china boasts a brilliant history and splendid traditions。 (examples)。but why can’t we absorb the meaningful western holidays and culture。
there are obvious reasons why some western holidays are so popular in china。 on the one hand， some of the western holidays which we chinese don’t have are reasonable and meaningful， such as father’s day and april fool’s day etc。 on the other hand，the prevalence of globalization enables western culture to prevail in china。 overwhelmed by such a trend，chinese unconsiciously get involved in western holidays and culture。
with the further development of the whole world， the cultural communication between different countries and nations becomes faster and more and more important。 we are indeed from different nations， but we are the citizens of the same world， so the outstanding culture of different nations is the commom wealth of everyone on the earth。the only way for us to protect our traditional culture is to reject the foreign culture? the answer is definitely no。 what we ought to do is to spare no effort to educate chinese to get to know and treasure our splendid traditions instead of rejecting foreign culture。 only by educating can we set our confidence and belief towards our culture。 only by educating can we preserve and promote the wealth that our ancesters left for us。
at last i’d like to share a famouse saying of gandhi with all of you ，that is：if you want to change the world， then you must change yourself first。”
Let me begin my speech with a replay of scenes familiar to most， if not all， of those present here today.
"Mum， I'm sorry， but I need 3，000 yuan for my tuition this year."
"Mum， it is my friend's birthday tomorrow， I must buy her a present."
"Mum， this jacket was out of fashion long ago， would you do me a favor? "
Take. Take. Take. The relationship between a mother and a child always seems to follow such a pattern. I know my mother is always there for me， providing me with everything I need; from food to clothing， from tuition to pocket money. I never thought twice about all she did until one day she said， "Will there be a time that you'll say you have taken enough from me? "
Like a child endlessly asking， we humans， throughout history， have been continually demanding what we desire from nature. We enjoy the comfort and beauty of our furniture， yet we never bother to think about the serious soil erosion caused by deforestation. We take it for granted that we must warm ourselves in winter times， yet we seldom realize the burning away of precious natural resources. We appreciate all the prosperity from the development of modern industry， yet few would give the slightest consideration to the global air and water pollution caused by industrial wastes. Our ruthless exploitation has permanently impaired our mother earth. As we tragically learned from last summer's floods. we cannot continue our carelessness.
Finally， standing here at the threshold of the 21st century， we cannot help thinking of our posterity. Nature is not only the mother of the present generation， but also the mother of the generations to come.
How severely our descendents will criticize us if we leave them a barren and lifeless mother? How much more they will appreciate us if we give them a world of harmony to inherit? Let us start respecting and caring for nature from now on. Let us start the campaign of creating a mutually beneficial relationship between people and nature right from this moment. With this new start， I firmly believe， that our children， and our children's children will live in a brand new age of green trees， clean air， crystal water， blue sky and an even more promising world!
Good afternoon ，ladies and gentlemen!
I’m very honored to stand here and give you a short speech! my topic is Opportunities and Challenges。
First， I would like to know， what does your destiny offer you? Happiness， wisdom， a strong body or something else。 If I had asked this question to president Nixon， he would probably had said，”Our destiny offers not the cup of despair， but the chalice of opportunity。”
Needless to say， one of the biggest opportunities given to China is the 2008 Olympic Games。 Till now， we have used two sevenths of the preparation time。 How much changes have you seen? New roads， new subway lines， public-exercising equipments with beautiful colors， large blocks of grass fields， and also lots of modern gyms which are under construction。
Other than those， there are even more good effects brought to us by the Olympic Games that cannot be seen directly。 For example， more and more people will get to know China。 I’m sure the mysterious Chinese culture will attract them strongly。 And the games will also do good to the economy and environment， for it is gaining the attention of foreign investors and the awareness of environmental protection is being strengthened。 What is more， Olympic Games give a unique opportunity to inspire and educate a new generation of Chinese youth with the Olympic values and the Olympic spirit。 Now that we have seen so many advances， could you even imagine us losing the holding rights?
I’ve already said a lot about the Olympics and China。 But I think everyone should use some time to think of this question， ”Does the Olympic Games have any special meaning to you?”
For us， I mean the Chinese youth， 2008 Olympic Games is a tremendous gift。 Because what we are waiting for is to do something significant as repaying the love given to us 。The society is just like a ship， and in our dreams the captain is waving his hand and saying ”Hey! Come here and take the helm! ”How charming his voice is， but we have never heard of it in our true life。 This morning， however， when we wake up， we will see the Olympic Games waving its hand。 After chewing， most of us will have at least one plan about what to do for the Olympic Games。 And mine is to be a “forter” ----that is someone who will give fort to others。
At the end of my speech， I hope all the preparation will go well， and everyone will show their ability to the world。 Let us seize opportunities and give a big smile to challenges。
Saying goodbye to childhood，we step into another important time in the pace of young，facing new situations，dealing with different problems……
everyone has his ownunderstanding of young，it is a period of time of beauty and wonders，only after you have
experienced the sour ，sweet ，bitter and salty can you really bee a person of time of young is limitted，it may pass by without your attention，and when you discover what has happened ，it is always too ping the young well means a better time is waiting for you in the near future，or the situation may be opposite 。
having a view on these great men in the history of hunmanbeing，they all made full use of their youth time ，to do things that are useful to society，to the whole mankind，and as a cosquence ，they are remembered by later
generations，admired by do something in the time of young，although you may not get achievements as these greatmen did ，though not for the whole word，just for youeself，for those around!
the young is just like blooming flowers，they are so beautiful when blooming，they make people feel happy，but with time passing by，after they withers ，moet people think they are so it is the same with young，we are enthusiastic when we are young，then we may lose our passion when getting older and we must treasure it ，don't let the limitted time pass by ，leaving nothing of significance。