Sports have been a valuable piece in allowing me to connect with teammates, some of whom are great friends off the field. Sports at Fenn are competitive and fiery, and embracing this "will to win" culture with my peers has helped me to become closer with them. Fenn football is certainly my greatest sports memory at Fenn, and may even be my favorite Fenn memory in general. Every game that we felt we must win, and it was an obligation I felt responsible to fulfill more than any other I had ever experienced before. Especially as a Senior, I knew that my role on the team was great, and fellow senior teammates Patrick Romeri, Lucas Lisman, Owen Johnson, Callan Fries, Andrew Metellus and Patrick Lessard. Being good friends with each of these kids for at least a year, and some up to five years, I knew that connecting with them even further would come naturally. Through the six games that we played, I got to know each kid better and better, playing my heart out with no thoughts and only actions.
English has been my favorite class throughout my entire ninth grade year. Because of the loose atmosphere in the class, we are given freedom to work while communicating with peers. Surprisingly, despite the liberal atmosphere, I still am very productive and get a lot of work done during class. Working with my friends helps to give me more ideas and I can be relaxed while writing, something that helps me to be more thoughtful and profound.
Through my Fenn career, lunch has always been a time to have a good laugh and celebrate the end of the academic day. Especially senior year, a large group of boys generally sit in a table in the corner and we crack funny jokes and do funny things throughout the 45 minutes. We do not always particularly enjoy the food, but we make the best of the time by enjoying each others company.
Life is more enjoyable with friends; at Fenn, I have thrived with my friends, and supported all my classmates. I look forward to taking many of the friendship values I have learned at Fenn and using them in high school. Although I may be physically leaving Fenn, I know that Fenn will always be a spiritual part of me because of the friends I have made and the young man I have been formed into there. Life is not about the destination, it is about the journey and the pitstops along the way.