Saying good-bye to Greenwich Academy

I have tried writing this article maybe 15 times and all that work has not made it any easier.

By the time it is published, I will be approximately seven hours away from graduating high school, making this my last article as a high school student. To be honest, I haven’t been able to grasp that reality yet. A graduation from high school still seems too big to fully comprehend the full impact of it.

I think my disbelief stems from the fact that for the past seven years, Greenwich Academy has been much more than a school to me.

Reviewing my time spent at GA, I realize that whether I always liked it or not, GA has effectively impacted and altered essentially every aspect of my life. Since the day I stepped onto this campus as a sixth grader in desperate need of braces, GA has been changing not only the way I act, but also the way I think.

I believe my friends and I would agree that we’ve spent more time complaining about school than appreciating it. This is normal, though, because I’ve come to realize that GA is like an overbearing parent. I mean this in the best of ways, however. Overbearing parents can become annoying, but they’re your parents and you love them regardless. They also always have the best intentions.

What I will miss the most about GA is the entire faculty of extra parents — my coaches, teachers and other members of the staff. When thinking why I’d potentially send my daughters to GA in the future, it is without a doubt because of the faculty.

The teachers here do way more than just teach. Coaches do way more than just coach. I haven’t had one adult figure at school that hasn’t made themselves available to me 24/7 for academic and personal support. They’re dedicated, invested and they truly care.

This is what I’m going to miss the most about GA. I know that I will stay in touch with my friends and classmates. Next year, I am going to a school with amazing facilities and endless opportunities. However, at Northwestern next year I am going to be only one of 10,000. I will miss the intimacy of the GA’s hallways, the conversation about women’s rights in the English department, discussions of Pink Floyd in my physics room, and the comfort of the training room before sports practices.

The thought of my relative anonymity next year is liberating in many ways. I have the freedom to completely start over. Yet, my slate will never be completely clean. No matter where I go or what I do, my lens into the world will still be impacted by my time spent at GA.

While this may be my last article as a high school student, it is definitely not my last as a GA girl.

 

Julie Kukral is in her final hours as a senior at Greenwich Academy.

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