The first time I stepped into Clairbourn as a formal student was in first grade. I was the new kid. I would hide by the slide in the corner of playground. I was scared of being myself. By second grade…I was learning a lot from the environment around me, and I was gaining a more vivid character.
Every day was a new adventure. But with these new options came more challenges. More frequent tests and quizzes, midterms and finals, letter grades, headmaster’s list, and competition all made things quite interesting, but definitely difficult. I learned to adapt to what I was given, and it helped me to better understand the way things worked. The numerous leadership activities were a great challenge, but each and every one of them allowed me to either be the leader, or the one being lead.
I am so grateful for the support from all my teachers who helped me to get comfortable with this new home. I am thankful for all of my family for working so hard to put my education first, and for always being there for me. You have done so much to make me feel like it was okay for me to be who I am, and not just a clone of someone else. Thank you for helping me find myself.