Some day you’ll be sitting, capped and gowned on a stage, listening to an invited guest give your high school graduation speech. I’ve heard two speeches of my own and close to twenty-five more while I was attached to an arts high school. Most speakers try to inspire us with “This is not the end–just the beginning,” but this one for the 2014 graduating class of The Juilliard School is so special that I want to share it here. Renowned mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato talks about being an artist with insight you can apply to your lives right now while you’re preparing your applications and auditions and walking that path to your high school graduation. Read this any day you get up and feel overwhelmed.