Wednesday, September 07, 2005 | Describing how he went from body building to millionaire actor to governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger told ninth-grade students at Gompers Charter Middle School on Tuesday that everything they dream of is within reach with a good education and hard work.
Schwarzenegger called this “the land of opportunity” and said he was able to achieve everything “because of America and because of California.” He advised students to study hard and be responsible for their own destinies, and said they, too, will find success.
“This is a great accomplishment, what was done here,” he said to the cheering students. “It’s up to the grown-ups to provide the opportunities; it’s up to you to do the work.
“Knowledge is power. It all comes down to how smart you are. The more you work on it, the more you train your brain,” he said, comparing studying and schoolwork to athletic training.
Introduced by 10th-grader and former Gompers student Maryam Soodati as “a man who believes we deserve good things,” Schwarzenegger wowed the children and praised them for showing up on the first day of school in their new school uniforms, ready to learn.
“You are all winners just by being here,” he said. “Anything you want to be, you can be. I’m very proud of all of you. You are the future.”