Becoming a Man
- Marla Gibbs
Through my five years at Fenn, I have come to realize that enjoying something you love is what makes life worth living. I have tried new activities such as Student Government, Youth in Philanthropy, and Peer Advocates, and all three I have enjoyed being a part of and have learned from in one way or another. It is experiences like these that have helped me to meet new people, reflect upon myself, and most importantly become educated on important matters that will help me later in life.
I have met a lot of people through my years at Fenn, and I am fortunate to say that I have become friends with almost all of them, if not all of them. Especially this year with the minuscule 23 kid ninth grade, I have been doing my best to be inclusive and try to include everyone when I talk. I also have found myself sitting with more people during lunch, not just my closest friends. As the year has gone along, I have come to realize that people have appreciated my open mindedness and in result have opened themselves up to me more. In result, I have gotten to become way better friends with seniors like Nick Landman, Dan Pring, Andrew Metellus, Jake Harvey, and Tad Scheibe. As I leave Fenn in body, I will always carry the Fenn spirit of inclusivity through my entire life, as it has served me well and helped me relate with great people
Saying what I think has been a vital part of my personality, and doing this has evolved inside of me through my years at Fenn. When I was in fifth grade, I was afraid to tell people what I thought and in result I would get picked on and at times I was generally unhappy. Things are completely different nowadays, and starting sometime in the seventh grade and working my way up through freshmen year, I now am not afraid to tell people what I think. Whether it be on the sports field, in the classroom, or outside of school, I always speak up if I approve of something, or if there is something I do not want to happen. I am not one to complain or go to my parents or teachers, instead, I believe in working topics out with my peers. I thank Fenn for helping me become responsible in this manner and it is a valuable asset I will bring with me when I leave Fenn.
Looking back on my years at Fenn, there has been so much I have learned that has made me a better person. Fenn has supported me in positively reinforcing habits that I want to keep, and the kind and genuine people I have met have helped me realize that life revolves around doing what you love with who you love. Whether it be taking advantage of interesting opportunities, having an open mind towards all people, or speaking up to your opinion, Fenn has made me a happier person who enjoys life more.