A piece of writing from Semester 56 Parent Weekend evening program where a few students chose to share aloud pieces of their writing from the semester.
Dear journal, 5/13/2016
At this point in the semester I feel closure with this experience. This is not to say that I won’t miss this place and these people. Of course I will. I will miss South Hall dance parties, my advisor meetings with Lilly every Thursday, long walks with peers and teachers, crackers at the gatehouse, long talks at the waterfront, the toast station, farm chores and so much more. When I say that I feel closure I mean that I have gotten so much out of this place and this experience. I never thought that I could learn so much so fast. I’ve learned about holding on and letting go. I’ve learned that some relationships are meant to be temporary, but that it doesn’t have to take away from how powerful it is. I’ve gained confidence to stand up for what I believe in. Before Chewonki I was soft spoken and rarely voiced opinions at school. Here I have felt comfortable enough to talk at weekly Diversity Chats and have meaningful conversations with people about controversial issues. I’ve learned here that not being ok is alright sometimes. Chewonki has given me the time and space to do some much overdue processing and find peace with past situations. I’ve learned how to be happy at Chewonki. I mean really happy, the kind that most external forces cannot shatter. I am able now to listen to and honor my feelings. I still have times that I beat myself up or put pressure on myself to look a different way, but it is better. I no longer let those thoughts consume me. I’ve learned about genuine connection. I love sitting in the Wallace talking to Kristy or taking walks to the farm with Whitney. I’ve also learned that there is value in shared past experiences and how powerful that can be. I’ve learned that all of this takes hard work, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
-Emma K, Groton School, MA