Shady Creek!

BLOG FOR APRIL WEEK 3

This week seemed to carry a theme of announcing my plans for next year to the world, so I’ll carry that right on over to my blog I guess. It feels like the question regarding my post-high school plans has been one I’ve been facing (and attempting to answer) for forever and the fact that I am finally able to confidently answer it marks a point of growing up. I am so ready to be able to move on to something a little bit more meaningful than my days currently spent in high school classrooms.

So, without further ado, next year I will be… not going to college!! Being able to announce this, and be excited about it, wasn’t something I ever imagined doing when I started high school. I had my sights set on some prestigious East Coast school and the potential of forgoing college, even if only for a year, was unimaginable.

Aside from not going to college, I will be working as a student naturalist at Shady Creek Outdoor School for the year. This means that I get to live in the woods and work with kids every day for an entire year and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Upon receiving the news that I was being offered the position I proceeded to run around my house and yard and couldn’t stop bouncing around and grinning for the remainder of the evening. This was a far more excited reaction than that to any of my college acceptances- further proof that Shady Creek feels like where I truly belong.

I think its going to be an amazing year of growth and fun and September can’t get here fast enough.

After Shady Creek, I will be attending Seattle University and am also really looking forward to joining the small Jesuit school and living in such a cool city. So much to look forward to!

For now, I’m just focusing on passing my AP Statistics Final, but after that I’ll be able to celebrate these accomplishments and prospects.

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Fluorescent Adolescence

BLOG POST FOR APRIL WEEK 2

Last year, on one of the many days I spent scrolling through Humans of New York posts, I found a poem that I truly love and appreciate. It was written by a teenage girl and I think that it touches on a lot of truths of our generation’s adolescents, creating a feeling of kinship with other teenagers when read. The poem is titled “Fluorescent Adolescence” and I will post it just below this sentence.

Fluorescent Adolescence
by Ruth Bamuwamye

Overqualified yet underachieving
It’s singing delightfully off key to the radio
Yet pitch perfect in the shower
It’s spending a half hour in the morning
Perfecting your messy bun
It’s gelling bedhead
It’s lifting weights yet covering yourself up in turtlenecks
It’s being a closet philosopher but blaming lackluster grades on “not trying?”
It’s tumbling,sharing, instagramming
The perpetual pursuit of cool but aloof,
hard to get,
wit,
sarcasm,
invincibility.

It’s the cycle of hurting
Fixing
loving
hating
wanting
lying… and then telling the truth.
It sucks.
But perhaps when we’re older
a new set of problems will cause us to miss those of adolescence.
So I guess we should learn to love the pain,
Since it’s pain that allows us to live and love radically,
feel monumentally,
and smell the coffee or watch the stars, or hear the music
that we might later pass by in the rush of the real world.

For now we are poets
And activists
Astronauts
Bloggers
Writers
Photographers
Teachers
Engineers and Inventors
For now, we are what we want to be.
Some say the grass is greener on the other side but I’d disagree:
I say our grass is fluorescent.

I just feel that this poem puts an incredibly accurate perspective on the idea of growing up and on the idea of finding our place in a world that spins so fast we sometimes can’t even focus on the general vicinity we wish to stand in. The poem sits posted above my bed and I try to read it frequently, especially in these next few weeks of tumultuous decision making. As it turns out, nobody is as unique or original as they originally believe and every other high school senior is going through the same process that I have been. In conversing with people I am, however, becoming more and more confident in what the next several years hold for me and I am incredibly excited to start a new part of my life; a part which will allow me to grow into I envision myself becoming and being.

Positivity and Lots of Energy

BLOG POST FOR APRIL WEEK 1

It seems like the easiest posts to write are the ones that include small updates on my life, so that’s what I’ll do for this week as well. Today I had my interview for a position as a student naturalist at Shady Creek Outdoor School for next year, and not only was it a great interview but it was a great hour long conversation with two of the most amazing people I know. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Yeti and Quail through working at Shady Creek as a cabin leader and through the Leadership Team and this application process and they are simply amazing, positive, wonderful and uplifting people. Despite the fact that it was an interview setting they made me feel completely comfortable and at ease and I really enjoyed the entire process.

I was really happy to have my interview up at Shady Creek because that place has something magical about it and I feel so happy as soon as I arrive each time. I am thrilled about the opportunity to work their next year and I really, really hope that I’ll be given the chance to do so. Their decision will be difficult this year but if I am given the position I know that it will be an incredibly life changing and rewarding year and an awesome way to spend my time and energy. I have a lot of passion for what Shady Creek does and I just really want to be a part of it. So… fingers crossed! I find out April 20th!

In other events, I had an amazing (and crazy) Easter this year! Our friends from LA came up to spend the holiday with us so we had a total of 16 people staying at our house (which isn’t particularly large.) It made for a super fun, super rambunctious few days and the house feels extremely empty and quiet without them now. It’s really fun having such great family friends and every weekend they visit us or we visit them is memorable.

Between the many visitors, prospect of the end of the school year, and great opportunities for next year life is looking good! Now I just need to get through the next weeks of school.