Student Body President Christopher Grossman, will provide monthly installments of his thoughts on student life.
It’s another fresh year. We all know that with a new year comes an onslaught of cliches and efforts that will ultimately fall short of their goals. A little bleak? I suppose, but there’s both nothing and everything to live up to when elected Student Body President.
Throughout my seven years of elementary school, I looked at high schoolers with a mythical awe. I had seen Star Wars; they were among the likes of those supernatural beings. Their freedoms, their responsibilities, and most of all, their ability to define themselves continually blew me away as I thought about everything I would do once I walked those same halls.
Now, I am a senior. Let me tell you, it doesn’t feel like I thought it would. Everything is covered by a blanket of exhaustion, and I know I speak for my classmates when I say we can already see graduation around the corner.
But I would also be speaking for the Class of 2015 when I say that we are not ready to be done at FC. Our legacy will not end when we walk out the door; our influence will not be restrained to the confines of the past.
We fully plan on blowing away all precedents, smashing all expectations and truly making sure that our senior year is a special year for better reason than our finishing the school year.
During senior retreat, we decided that the Class of 2015 had a chip on its shoulder. Though growing up, our social activity would tend to disrupt classroom activity, we now see that we’ve been growing our greatest weapon: influence.
Jay Cross, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School, who is CEO of eLearning Forum, has published a paper claiming that 80% of learning is “informal” or “social.” Upon hearing this, my thoughts on my class changed; social skills are our speciality.
In life, some of our biggest moments come from encounters from those we least expect to be changed by. The things that change us the most are the things we never see coming, and that is a concept I have taken to heart.
The idea that any single moment could make or break somebody’s day has completely changed the way I walk the halls of FC. Senior year isn’t a countdown until graduation, it’s a chance to wake up every day knowing you could potentially change somebody’s life forever.
With that being said, I encourage everybody to take a moment and reflect on a defining moment in your own life. Though we may not have a specific breaking point at which we look back and realize “That was when everything changed,” we will be able to piece together the important parts.
I speak for the senior class, as I do not yet know the heart of the entire student body as well as I would like. Do not wait for senior year to take advantage of the little things. Students should take these four years to see how lives change.
Take initiative, be proactive. Underclassmen, take advantage of every moment. Those bright eyed Witters’ Critters have their sights set on you as well as I; maintain an honorable precedent.
Through these next months, perhaps we can see a change at FC that is able to spread through the hearts and lives of all parties connected to the school which I have lived my life at for the last 12 years. I realize that I only have one year on campus left, but that doesn’t mean FC won’t always be my home.
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