Tick, tick, tick. My watch is always reminding of my time here at Chewonki, how it is always moving forwards, never stopping, impossible to pause. Last week feels like last year, and last month feels like I don’t even know what. Time works in weird ways here, with the days long and the weeks short. Every day is filled to the brim with stuff, from learning about cyclical cycles at the farm, to trudging through the marsh in waders for science class, to doing the standard bearer of high school students everywhere, homework. When I look back over the week, I probably have done more new things than I have done during six months in my “normal” life.
Chewonki is a cycle of trying, messing up, and learning, whether that be in my math class, at the farm, with your friends, or even in the dish room. All of these things encompass the general idea at Chewonki, of never giving up, of not being afraid to make mistakes and break boundaries. Sometimes I wonder, what would my friends think if they saw me right now, cleaning out a chicken coop or trudging through mud, but I don’t care. That’s the beauty of Chewonki, that we have four months to experiment with our lives, to try new things, to mess up, to learn about ourselves without the consequences of home.
But that clock is still ticking. We have just reached the halfway point of the semester, and however much I have tried to stop myself, I have started thinking about life after Chewonki. That’s the biggest question for me over the next few months. How am I going to use what I am learning here in the greater world? I know that I am changing, but will I change back once I rejoin the greater world? I hope not. I know not. I know that I will take what I learned here, and am still learning here, and use it to make a difference in the world.
Chewonki is leaving a permanent impression on me. Chewonki is like a toaster. Bread goes in, but toast comes out. In this case Peder went in, and a much better Peder came out. I know that the same is true for the rest of the semester, and that we will all go out into the world and make a difference.
Peder, Providence Country Day School, RI