Sam Neer Speaks at the Spring 2010 luncheon of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to begin by thanking you for allowing me the honor of speaking with you today. I was actually asked to speak before you three years ago, having just completed my freshman year at school. And I remember very distinctly standing up here with one year of academic achievement under my belt and thinking to myself I could just wing it, no notes needed, and then completely bombing that presentation. However now I stand before you a college graduate from William and Mary, a much wiser vestige of my former self, one so grateful for the academic opportunities and learning experiences I have encountered in my past three years. When I first was looking at colleges, my family’s financial situation was one that needed support in order to allow me to go to the college of my dreams. In that time of need, I was blessed with financial aid from the Charlottesville Community Scholarship. The organization provided both financial and moral support for me when I entered school and continued to do so throughout my four years at William and Mary. It was this type of support which enabled me to achieve what I did in school. At my time at William and Mary, I was able to attain my degree in business, majoring in marketing with a minor in accounting. And besides from that, I decided to tack on a double major in religious studies. During my time at school, I enjoyed joining numerous clubs and organizations and attempted to play five different intramural sports. In addition to these groups, I also made lasting friendships and met the girl of my dreams. But most of all, I gained skills that will last me a lifetime. I found the importance of hard work and diligence, the need to be personable yet resolute when leading others, and most of all, the need to do your best in every situation life presents you, and never forgetting those who helped you along the way. The Charlottesville Community Scholarship helped me to get to where I am today, providing the aforementioned support for which I am forever grateful. Though I stand before you a graduate of William and Mary, my employment search as of yet has not been successful, despite no lack of trying. However, I know the skills, knowledge, and values which I have been able to acquire at school will help me to find a job that will one day hopefully lead to a career. I have been so blessed in my life, blessed for the opportunity to speak with you today, blessed with the support from the Charlottesville Community Scholarship, and most of all blessed with an amazing education. Thank you for your time today, and hopefully this time I didn’t bomb my speech. I’m available for an interview at your convenience, and have a great afternoon.