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Student Update December 4, 2012

December 4, 2012

This past semester, we’ve learned so much. From learning how to read Omeros to learning how to make bush tea from Joseph, we have gained so much knowledge. And yesterday, we had the task demonstrating all of that knowledge within 15 minutes. There was no set format for the demonstration, and so it was amazing to see the creative ways that other students came up with to show what they’v learned. Students made movies, monologues, tours of campus to show what they have learned this semester. One student’s that I especially liked read parts of her journal in certain parts of the semester to show the challenges she faced and how she overcame it. Many of these demonstrations were also emotional, especially because they marked the end of our semester. But I, for the most part, have managed to save the tears for the last day. For my Demonstration of Learning, I took my advisory up to the second floor deck of the faculty offices to reminisce about how far we had come. That same deck was where our advisory first came together in our initial “who am I?” presentations. Now, after three months, it was interesting to see how much we’ve changed, developed, and bonded together.

My time here has been a life-changing experience, and I am sure this is the case for everybody else. There have been so many good memories of this wonderful community and it’s difficult to wrap up these memories in words. From arriving on campus, the first run-swim, 3-day kayak, eleutheros, down island, 8-day kayak, hurricane Sandy, the half-marathon, the super-swim, human ecology projects, research symposium, and finally, the Demonstration of Learning. There have been so many challenges that we’ve overcome together as a community and its hard to think that on Thursday each one of us will be leaving this community to go our separate paths. I hope that one day this community will come together again to share these memories, challenges, experiences.

This is the last student update for the semester. Today, we’ll begin the transitioning from the Island School environment to back home. And tomorrow, we will end the semester with the jump off of High Rock, community day, and lastly graduation. Soon after that, we’ll be heading back home, forever changed by this experience.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy welch permalink
    December 4, 2012 7:37 pm

    Beautifully stated. Thank you.

  2. Circle Number 48 permalink
    December 4, 2012 9:43 pm

    Brace yourselves. Times will be tough when you return. But never let yourself get down! Always be inspired by what you’ve done here… some people spend their entire lives trying to reach the level of greatness you have now. Stay humble, too. That is most important of all. Good luck! 🙂

  3. December 5, 2012 8:21 am

    Thank you for your comment “Cirlce Number 48”! We will be sure to pass on those inspirational words to the students!

  4. Cama Hagerthy permalink
    December 5, 2012 9:45 am

    Save to all that are going home tomorrow and enjoy the journey!

  5. Eliza SP'11 permalink
    December 6, 2012 10:26 am

    I am so sorry you have to go home- it’s tough but remember that everyone from your semester is going through the same thing. You will look back and know this is was the best thing that has ever happened. Good luck!

  6. December 10, 2012 3:08 pm

    very nice of you thanks.

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