Three fourth-year students selected as 2022 class day speakers
On June 3, University of Chicago fourth-year students David Liang, Zara Malik and Allison Mattessich will deliver a speech to their fellow graduates as part of the College’s sixth annual Class Day Ceremony.
Each year, three students are selected to speak on Class Day, a tradition that celebrates the achievements of the College class. Class Day 2022 will take place this year as an in-person event for the first time since 2019, and will be streamed on the Convocation website beginning this Friday at 2:00 p.m. CT.
The celebration will also include a keynote address by best-selling author Samira Ahmed, AB’93, MAT’93, and the presentation of the College Awards.
Originally from Hong Kong, David Liang will obtain a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science. While at the College, Liang was involved with the Maroon Key Society and served in student government as an undergraduate liaison to the board of trustees and representative for the Class of 2022. He has also held leadership positions at LTF Ventures, campus politics. Research Institute and University Institute of Business.
Liang’s speech highlights how College students have made the most of their experiences despite the COVID-19 pandemic. These experiences, he said, prepared the class of 2022 to face the future with strength, courage, virtue and love. Liang hopes his fellow graduates will continue to ask themselves tough questions and reminds them not to underestimate themselves.
“I want my peers to know that a good education allows people to turn fear into optimism in the face of uncertainty – that’s what a UChicago education is,” he said. “It gives us the tools and the methods to come together and work to solve the toughest problems of our time, whether it’s disease, climate change or great power politics, knowing that one solution to none any problem would be feasible if we put our minds to it.
After graduation, Liang will return to Hong Kong to work as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Zara Malik will get a bachelor’s degree in psychology. A Dougan Scholar, Malik has participated in the Wellness Advisory Council, Student Health Advisory Council, Women’s Leadership Journal Club, and Women’s Leadership Program. She was also a member of the Maroon Key Society.
In her speech, Malik talks about the impact of her two grandmothers, who taught her to be herself no matter what. She charges her peers to continue being themselves after leaving the comforts of campus.
“I hope the class of 2022 take away from my speech that what got them through the tough schedule at UChicago wasn’t just their intellect and grit; it was also a product of their willingness to be vulnerable, to open up to their teachers and peers when they needed help,” she said. “As we move into the real world, this lesson will become even more important, given that none of the challenges facing our society today can be solved alone.”
Malik will remain in Chicago and work as an analyst at Vista Equity Partners, an investment firm that provides the capital and expertise needed to help software companies grow their businesses.
Originally from Westfield, New Jersey, Allison Mattessich will earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business economics. She guided visitors through campus tours as a student tour coordinator in the undergraduate admissions office and worked as a research assistant at the Center for Decision Research while a student. She supported Lean On Me and also participated in Rhythmic Bodies in Motion’s Jazz Dance and University Theater Staged Readings.
In his talk, Mattessich discusses the importance of relationships, no matter how small, and the impact even small interactions can have. She encourages the audience to reflect on how the College has built a community that helps everyone learn, grow and find themselves.
“I think we’ve all met people at UChicago who have changed us for the better – people who made us think about a new perspective, pushed us out of our comfort zone, or helped us achieve something about ourselves. ourselves,” she said. “In my speech, I want to take a moment to pay tribute to the truly special people here who have impacted me and the way I see the world. The meaningful interactions we’ve had here should not be forgotten as we pass to something else; hopefully they will forever shape who we are and help us create a better world for others.
After graduating, she will pursue a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University and, eventually, a career in psychotherapy.
—This story was also posted on the UChicago College website.