Back to School 2010: President Obama’s 2010 Back to School Speech

We Not Only Reach For Our Own Dreams, We Help Others Do the Same.” —— Quoted from President Obama’s Back to School Speech of 2010

As students begin their school year, President Barack Obama delivered his second annual Back to School speech on Tuesday, September 14 at Julia R Masterman Middle-High School in Philadelphia, PA at 1:00 PM ET.


“Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide,” President Obama had encouraged students to study hard, stay in school, and take responsibility for their education last year. This year, he encourages all the people including all the teachers and students across the USA to not only reach for their own dreams, but help others do the same.

Video of President Obama’s 2010 Back to School Speech

Key remarks extracted from President Obama’s 2010 Back to School Speech

  • “Nobody gets to write your destiny but you. Your future is in your hands. Your life is what you make of it. And nothing — absolutely nothing — is beyond your reach, so long as you’re willing to dream big, so long as you’re willing to work hard. So long as you’re willing to stay focused on your education, there is not a single thing that any of you cannot accomplish, not a single thing. I believe that.”
  • “More and more, the kinds of opportunities that are open to you are going to be determined by how far you go in school. The farther you go in school, the farther you’re going to go in life.”
  • “You’ve got to show up to school on time. You’ve got to pay attention in your class. You’ve got to do your homework. You’ve got to study for exams. You’ve got to stay out of trouble. You’ve got to instill a sense of excellence in everything that you do. That kind of discipline, that kind of drive, that kind of hard work, is absolutely essential for success.”
  • “And it is true that we each have our own gifts, we each have our own talents that we have to discover and nurture. Not everybody is going to catch on in certain subjects as easily as others.”
  • “But just because you’re not the best at something today doesn’t mean you can’t be tomorrow. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a math person or a science person, you can still excel in those subjects if you’re willing to make the effort. And you may find out you have talents you never dreamed of.”
  • “Because one of the things I’ve discovered is excelling — whether it’s in school or in life — isn’t mainly about being smarter than everybody else. That’s not really the secret to success. It’s about working harder than everybody else.”
  • “Don’t feel discouraged; don’t give up if you don’t succeed at something the first time. Try again, and learn from your mistakes. Don’t feel threatened if your friends are doing well; be proud of them, and see what lessons you can draw from what they’re doing right.”
  • “But the truth is, an education is about more than getting into a good college. It’s about more than getting a good job when you graduate. It’s about giving each and every one of us the chance to fulfill our promise, and to be the best version of ourselves we can be. And part of that means treating others the way we want to be treated — with kindness and respect.”
  • “Life is precious, and part of what makes it so wonderful is its diversity, that all of us are different. And we shouldn’t be embarrassed by the things that make us different. We should be proud of them, because it’s the thing that makes us different that makes us who we are, that makes us unique. And the strength and character of this country has always come from our ability to recognize — no matter who we are, no matter where we come from, no matter what we look like, no matter what abilities we have — to recognize ourselves in each other.”
  • “I was reminded of that idea the other day when I read a letter from Tamerria Robinson. She’s a 12-year-old girl in Georgia. And she told me about how hard she works and about all the community service she does with her brother. And she wrote, ‘I try to achieve my dreams and help others do the same.’ ‘That,’ she said, ‘is how the world should work.’ That’s a pretty good motto. I work hard to achieve my goals and then I try to help others to achieve their goals.”
  • “But what makes us who we are is that here, in this country, in the United States of America, we don’t just reach for our own dreams, we try to help others do the same. This is a country that gives all its daughters and all of its sons a fair chance, a chance to make the most of their lives and fulfill their God-given potential.”

Read the full text of President Obama’s 2010 Back to School Speech

Up to now, the Back to School 2010 special topic comes to a conclusion. There are about eleven blogs released up to now from the beginning of August. The themes of those blogs are various and plentiful including high school supplies list, some useful safety tips, tips for teachers, college freshmen, some movies recommended to the parents, how to save money when do back to school shopping, how to make friends at a new school, how to cope with the first year of college , how to cope with bullying, as well as some methods to make a YouTube video with your own pictures and so on.

Best wishes to all. Good Luck!

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