I don’t normally talk about my personal life a whole lot, but graduation is coming up so I figure I should have at least one space where I reflect back on my time at the Academy, not just so the few Academy students that follow me can see but also so I can just write everything down.
Junior year was incredible. Intellectually stimulating? Not very, but the friends I made are some that I care a hell of a lot about and am going to try to keep going for a long time. I had some great experiences with these people and it was really the first time since probably fifth grade when I found people I “fit in” with.
Then there’s senior year. It’s not over yet, but it has been an incredibly trying time for my social life. I’ve found myself at various times having disdain each person that I was surrounding myself with. All I’ve wanted to do for a large part of the year is just lay in bed with all the lights off. But now we’re nearing the end and (oh, look here a cliche) I’m better off because I think I really know who my friends are now (even though I still often just want to lay in bed with all the lights off). Above all, however, this year has been the most intellectually stimulating year that I’ve had in my entire life. Ms. Ney’s Lost Generation class, despite not getting an exceptional amount from the class itself (besides an obscene amount of knowledge about Man Ray and the Dadaists) was great because I was reading things I liked and being able to sit around and discuss with my friends. Mr. Schuh’s physics class has made me like physics against all of my preconceived notions of physics classes (although, it is just general physics).
Though trumping all teachers in this place is Mr. Stuart. I only wish I had been introduced to him earlier than last semester when I took his Living Constitution class. Mr. Stuart creates an environment where students, if they so desire, can create incredible conversation on intellectual subjects. Living Constitution and the directed study on modern philosophy I’m taking with him this semester have been the greatest classes I have ever experienced. This is a man whose whole existence is dedicated to education and who is just entirely filled with passion for expanding the minds of others. He is excited to teach, thus I am excited to learn. Mr. Stuart alone has convinced me (indirectly), against the wishes of most people in my life, to seriously consider a career in education because if I could inspire just a handful of people in the same way that Mr. Stuart has inspired me I would be satisfied.
But anyways, that’s enough from me. Now it’s back to reblogging pretty pictures.