Matthew Chen

Learning to be Bold & Brave
I’ve learned to get out of my comfort zone at Clairbourn. In a Christmas play, many of my classmates took roles acting, singing, and narrating. I didn’t have a part because I was too scared. However, during the play, one of my classmates suddenly couldn’t perform. I felt I had to do something to help. The scene was coming up, so I grabbed the paper, narrated the scene the best I could, and ran back to my seat.  This instance of taking on my fear of public speaking helped me learn to be bold, to be brave, and to face my fears.
I have also learned that it is important to try doing things that could produce an uncertain outcome. For example, when I signed up to run for Student Council treasurer, there were nine other students running, and fear overwhelmed me. However, an even stronger fear, the fear of regret, pushed me to run for treasurer. I knew that I had nothing to lose if I ran, but I had everything to lose if I didn’t. Becoming treasurer was such an amazing experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful that I decided to take the risk. 

With every opportunity, I’ve had to get over my fears, take risks, and get back up after taking a risk. Clairbourn has been much more than a school to me. It has given me a second family and provided me many opportunities to improve academically as well as to grow and mature. 

Clairbourn has played an important role in shaping me into the person I am today. I would like to thank my teachers for preparing me for high school and helping me mature and grow both personally and academically to be the best person that I can be. This fall, I will be attending Flintridge Prep.
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