One Year at South Kent: a Reflection

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This time last year, I was preparing to graduate from Northeastern High School. I knew that I would be heading to South Kent in the fall. At the time, I didn’t understand how much I would change as a person here at South Kent. I didn’t really believe the people who told me this year would be a challenge and a different experience for me. I thought it would just be another year of high school. It turns out that I was wrong.

When I first arrived on campus I was full of excitement and nervousness, but it only took one day for me to realize that this year was going to be an epic challenge for me. On the second day of basketball practice, I probably ran more than I ever had in my life, and honestly I didn’t know if coming here was the right decision. I remember calling my mom and telling her about everything and how I felt, she told me to “just keep pushing, and it will get better.” At the time, what I really wanted to hear was that they were coming to pick me up. They didn’t, lucky for me, because over those first few weeks I would say I grew the most as a person. I took on every day with the mentality of it being another opportunity to make myself proud.

The basketball season here at South Kent was unlike anything I could ever imagine. I learned so many things from the coaches and have been able to become close friends with my teammates. It’s crazy to think that without South Kent, I would never have met these guys. The season came and went before I could blink my eyes. Overall, I would say we had a successful year, finishing top ten in the country despite dealing with A LOT of injuries. I really cannot thank Coach Jefferson enough for everything he has helped me with this year.

In the classroom, I have grown tremendously here at South Kent. I have always been a good student, but the school's use of iPads to do most of our work was something I had to adjust to. Calculus class here is something I really am proud to be doing well in, being that I want to study engineering next year at Old Dominion University. Learning and being successful in Dr. Sid’s class is something that I know will help me moving forward and boost my confidence. This year, I have touched on the art side of my brain more than ever before. I have done a lot of projects in art class that I am very proud of and I'm not sure when I will take another art class. From Calculus to Art, my classes here at South Kent have helped me a lot. Going forward, I know I will be better because of my diverse experiences in the classroom.

South Kent has amazed me the most, not on the court or in the classroom, but in the community. It is surprising how much more at home I feel here from day one until now. At first, I would walk around and not really say much to anyone, but now, every time I leave my room whether I see another student or a faculty member, I am bound to have a conversation. The sense of family that I feel everyday here is something that I really appreciate. It has helped me get through the year and look at South Kent as a home away from home.

I have experienced so many things here at South Kent that I know I wouldn’t have without this school. For instance, I never thought I would be climbing mountains, learning how to knit, or making a solar powered cell phone charger. Here at South Kent, these are the unique experiences that have made this year unforgettable.

It is bittersweet that it is almost over, but I would have to say I couldn’t ask for a better year. South Kent will forever have a place in my heart because I can truly say it has helped me become a better person. I never thought graduation would come back in September, but now it is here.

Lastly, I would like to say thank you to everyone here at South Kent from Mr. Vadnais on down. I would like to give a special thank you to Coach Jefferson, Coach Morse, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. C.: you all have been a positive influence in my personal growth this year. It is now time for me to continue my hero’s journey. Farewell, South Kent.

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