Intersections: "Powerfully on the Side of Love"

September 07, 2016 by Bill Ivey

 

Inspired by our Convocation ceremony on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

“Where do our individual templates and belief systems come from?” Shayna Appel ‘78 asked, pausing a moment during her invocation. In telling a personal anecdote of when she needed to grow further into her own best self, and did, she was inviting us both implicitly and explicitly to consider the question. As Head of School Sally Mixsell ‘69 would later say, all you know is what you see when you first meet a person - what is most important is unseen and undiscovered. And we have, as Shayna pointed out, the freedom to choose different judgments and opinions, to bring a more critical awareness of ourselves and our certainties. Student Council President Molly Li ‘17, in her discussion of what the Honor Code means to her, told us that when she first came here as an eighth grader, she had feared she would be judged here by her looks and by her English. However, she said, everyone was always kind and respectful to her. And Miles DeClue ‘18, in her own take on the ritual reading (and eventual signing) of the Honor Code, noted that it comes down to personal responsibility.

Filed Under: social justice, Education, Mission Statement, Convocation, International perspective, Best self

2016 Convocation Address

September 05, 2016 by Guest Student Author

by Victoria Subritzky-Katz '17

Head of School, Faculty and students, lend me your ears, or more specifically, your minds.

For I want to open today and the rest of the year, with some contemplation. Though it's early, and I'm sure that this the last thing most of you want to hear, this is important. I want each of you to think about why you are here. Why did your family spend the resources to bring you here? A small all-girls school in, let's face it, the middle of nowhere Massachusetts. What is it that you want to gain from your high school experience? We only have one shot at high school, there are no do-overs, so this is something we really do need to think about. Your first response might be that you are here to get an education. You came here to get a good education, a good GPA so that you could get into a good college so that you can get a good job and then your real life can begin. But don't wait until then to start living and enjoying life. Don’t get lost in the vortex of academic pressure and stress. Don't let yourself get trapped in a mind set where the only thing you're trying to get out of your time here at SBS is a good GPA and some strong recommendation letters, because this place is so much more than that and it can give you so much more than that.

Filed Under: Education, Stress, Convocation, Carpe Diem, Balance