9th grade Fitz English
Fitz style journey entry
"You don't appreciate things until they're gone. For me, I miss my friends; I don't miss boxing, I miss the camaraderie."
-Sugar Ray Leonard
Every wonder should be appreciated and made the most of. As graduation from Fenn dawns upon me, I hope to make the best of what I have left. The welcoming glow of the campus, the bonds I have formed with my classmates and teachers that will never break, the leadership opportunities, grasping concepts I never thought I could, and growing immeasurably as a scholar, person, and athlete. In order for someone to get the most out of something, they have to appreciate it before they don't have it anymore. I can say that I have never felt like I missed out on something this year. I have lived my Fenn experience to the fullest, and I haven't done anything this year that I regret. I have loved every bit of my time here, and I know that there is more of the lemon to squeeze.
One of the moments that sticks in my head more than any of the other ones was the time we went to camp caribou. I knew the trip was going to be a blast, but I didn't know exactly how magical the experience was going to be. It was better than everything I hoped for. The bus ride up was filled with relaxation and joking around with friends. It was when we got there, however, when it all started to sink in as an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I cherished the exciting but loose football or soccer game between my friends and I, the talks from Mr.Boonisar or Mr. Carr that allowed me to set goals for myself this year, the terrifying but awesome high ropes courses including the leap of faith, and the campfire that allowed me to both yell, laugh, listen, and reflect on all that happened that night. Regardless of the experience, I always had my friends by my side. I realize, however, that I will not always have these friends by my side, and that I must cherish my time with them, before it's too late. The highlight of this trip for me was the campfire that Tuesday night. We spent the entire night huddled around the fire singing and dancing, joking and laughing, and learning and reflecting. That was a moment I will forever appreciate even though it is gone now.
Another highlight of my ninth grade year at Fenn has been the sports. There are two things I love about Fenn sports: the competitiveness and the camaraderie. Through these sports I have elevated my game immensely and developed confidence in myself that will stay with me forever. I have also enjoyed sports here because I have been able to work with players and coaches who are just as passionate as I am. This was especially true on the hockey team, on which we won the Fay School tournament and lost very few regular season games despite being without some of our key players. I will miss my time on the hockey team, but I am glad that it was an experience that I lived to the fullest.
The best thing a person can do is live in the moment. Don't think about the past unless you are thinking about a memorable experience that is worth reflecting on. Don't dwell on what the future holds, because life moves fast, and if you don't stop and look around, you will miss it. Cherish what you have, before it's gone.