Whenever I talk to friends or family at home about my Chewonki experience, many do not understand. The Chewonki Semester School experience is something too difficult to put into words, and I don’t think it should have to be. Chewonki is a place of true happiness for me, it’s a second home. I wish I didn’t have to use this cliché, but it’s true. I love Chewonki.
Maybe it’s because even when waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual for farm chores, my cabin mates and I can still wear a smile and dance while on our way to go collect slop and compost. Maybe it’s because I have so much fun standing in a brook collecting specimens of macroinvertebrates and then analyzing the data collected for science field trip. Maybe it’s because I enjoy going to class knowing my teachers are excited to teach me, therefore making me excited to learn. Maybe it’s because every night in the bathroom before check in we play the song “The Show Goes On” and the whole bathroom sings in unison. Maybe it’s because I feel extremely comfortable openly expressing myself in this small community. Maybe it’s because I have been blessed to meet so many caring and genuine people, and have made some best friends who will always be an important part of my life. Or, maybe it’s a combination of all of these factors. But who’s to know. This experience isn’t just composed of one instance, it’s all of them. Chewonki isn’t easy, but it’s incredible. Like anything there are bad days where the work is difficult, you get a bad test grade, you can’t find the balance between friends and school, but then there are those incredible days. And to me, those make it all worth it.