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Reflections from Our Student Leaders

The rites of passage in spring of senior year are bittersweet—the last few months of learning, living and playing together with classmates and faculty, the culminating season of sports, the final theater production, along with many more capstone moments—making the absence from campus due to Corvid-19 particularly poignant for the Class of 2020.

We asked our Community Council leaders, “What is an important lesson you’ve learned while away from campus, and what have you learned about yourself?

As you’ll read, wisdom, gratitude and resilience have filled the void for these seniors who serve as our Community Council leaders.

Savian Johnson-Czerny ’20, Community Council President

In the past few weeks, I have learned that life can be a lot quieter than most people make it out to be. I have also learned how quickly the world can act as a whole in the face of global adversity (hopefully this same urgency can be applied to climate change). I have also learned that I am a social being even more than I thought I was. I miss climbing outside and in the gym, not only because I miss the sport, but even more so because I miss climbing with my friends. I feel like this whole experience has really shown how we’re truly social creatures, and that social connections are very important. On a lighter note, I’ve learned that I love eating my little sister’s homemade cake!

Lucy Vigneri ’20, Community Council Vice President

These past few weeks have been particularly challenging, as I have had to say goodbye to the fourth-quarter of my senior year and all the invaluable experiences that come with it. One rather devastating lesson that I have learned is this: as human beings, even if we think we have control over our lives, even if we have a clear vision of what we think our future is going to look like, something out of our control could shake that feeling of security and completely change the course of our lives. It is really hard to face the unpredictability of our world, especially as a young person who is going through a major transitional period out of high school and into college. Despite this, there are many positive lessons to be learned from this experience.

The past couple of weeks have made me realize how deeply I value family. Although my life has significantly changed with the current stay-at-home orders, I feel beyond blessed that I am able to be in a safe and comfortable home, whereas many kids my age experience dysfunctional households, or aren't able to go home at all due to the travel bans imposed in so many countries. Although we have all experienced loss, this time has led me to reflect upon the blessings I have taken for granted, and to express gratitude for everything that I do have.

Finally, the coronavirus crisis has highlighted the importance of maintaining compassion for one another. Every person has been affected by this in different ways; to some, this might be just an annoyance, but to others, these few weeks have come with great loss. Practicing compassion by respecting the experiences of others and offering support is extremely important, especially for people who are in a position to give such support. This definitely wasn't just one lesson I've learned, but I think your question gave me an opportunity to gather my thoughts on this chaotic situation, so thank you for that.

Sarah Garcia ’20, Community Council Secretary

I have learned to shift my perspective on the world in this time of adversity, from being upset about not spending time with my friends to being grateful to see my family every day. I try to complain less about not being able to go to the movies or a restaurant; instead I try to spend as much time outside as possible, and relish the fact that I live in a place that is quiet where I can go outside in the morning and listen to the birds chirping and our roosters crowing. I have learned the lesson of being grateful for everything that I have.

I have learned how to be comfortable with doing nothing. I am a person who is constantly occupied with school and sports and friends, not giving me much time to think and reflect. Being home forces me to slow down, breathe, and take the time to understand who I am when I am away from school. I have learned how to “lean into the discomfort” as Mr. Webb says; I force myself to clear my mind and forget all the worries of school to focus on me.
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