As a senior in high school, I have had some time to reflect on my past 14 years here at Sewickley Academy. Although my experience has been incredibly unforgettable, if I could, there is one thing I would tell my younger self - to make the most of all my time here.
The Academy’s community is like no other. It is small, sometimes overwhelmingly small, and encouraging, and it’s important to make the most of the opportunities that come from it. During my time here, I occasionally found myself seeing the small student body as a bad thing because I was always around the same people, never experiencing anything new.
Little did I know that it was because of this small size that I was able to experience all the amazing adventures I have had, like going to New York City in fourth grade with all my classmates and traveling to China in 2011, where I experienced an extremely different culture.
It wasn’t until high school that I realized, and began to take advantage of, the small number of students here at Sewickley. I was able to play two sports at the varsity level for all four years of my high school career, which I wouldn’t have been able to do in a school with 1,000 kids or more. I was also able to participate in the school orchestra, even though I wasn’t all that good, because Sewickley encourages all students to contribute, no matter the talent level. As a little kid, I always believed that success meant being the best at one specific thing. However, the Academy has taught me how to be a well-rounded individual, instead of a one-dimensional person.
The opportunities provided to me by this school allowed me to pursue all of my interests, and not neglect one because I wasn’t the best at it. If I could tell myself one thing to make my experience at Sewickley Academy even more memorable and influential than it already has been, I would tell myself to make the most of every opportunity. It is only by having an open mind and trying new things that you will find what you are truly passionate about.
It was at Sewickley Academy where I was provided the chances to find this passion of mine. Although I only realized this in high school, I have since tried to take advantage of every opportunity given to me. And through these opportunities, I have found my true passion that I plan to pursue in the coming year at college.