An Open Letter to the Dublin Community from a Recent Alumna

Dear Brad (I guess I can call you that now that I'm an alumna),

I'm writing this as an open letter to the Dublin School Community. I would love it if you could post it for all the students and faculty to see, and if not, least for the faculty because they held the most impact on my time at Dublin. My experience at Dublin was amazing, and for the past couple of weeks, I've been reminiscing about my time there and how much I truly miss it.

First off I would like to express my utmost gratitude to your team of faculty and staff. The life lessons that they have taught me are something that I will keep with me forever. They are a remarkable set of people who encouraged me to reach my goals. They never stopped believing in me even when I was at my worst. Their complete commitment to helping me get through high school and to help me succeed was phenomenal. Without them, I definitely don't think that I would have gotten to where I am today.

When I first came to Dublin I was on the edge of a cliff. I was unsure of where I was going, and I didn't know what was next. I wasn't sure how I felt about living at a boarding school. When I was a kid, boarding schools were considered something that your parents sent you away to when you were bad, and I believed it completely. I came in very guarded, I didn't really want to talk to anybody and for the most part, I just wanted to keep my head down. I didn't want to make any friends, I didn't want to bond with my teachers, and I absolutely did not plan to stay there for three years. Boy was I wrong about all those things. Although during my time at Dublin I may not have been the most enthusiastic, as I look back I find myself appreciating everything from my stay there and I find that all of my best memories are there. Like when we would talk about our day and answer questions during milk and cookies, when we would laugh at ourselves while trying to complete a difficult task during work gang, when students would walk down the aisle beaming as they received their Moxie award, and when I looked around at the rest of my graduating class on graduation day and realized that I was going to miss Dublin much more than I formerly thought. I think my favorite part about Dublin was the relationships that I made with the faculty, staff, and students.

The students at Dublin are some of the most intelligent, accepting, and encouraging people that I have ever met. Each student played a role in my success to graduate and attend college. I found my best friend there, someone who I know will be with me for the rest of my life. Without Dublin, I would have never met her, and I can't imagine my life without her. Dublin gave me the most friends that I ever thought I would have. I appreciate them all. To those friends, thank you for everything that you did for me. You brought me outside of my comfort zone, encouraged me to be social, were there for me when I needed you, and always had my back.

To the faculty and staff who beat away all of my doubts and showed me that I could do the work if I put my mind to it. Thank you for being there for me when I had difficulties in class, when I was learning to compete in snowboarding, when I tried to be goalie but ended up getting a concussion, when I was being annoyingly avoidant of any hard work that needed to be done in work gang, and when I felt so lost that it was unsure what to do next. To each teacher that had to sit next to me and listen to me rant (shout out to Brooks who I pestered the most), thanks for putting up with me. You all have given me lessons that I find myself applying every day. Your support provided me with the tools that I needed to succeed.

Special acknowledge to Jennifer Whitesel, who took me into her home during a very difficult time and treated me like her own daughter. I'm so happy for the time that I spent with you. You were there for me whenever I felt that I couldn't do it anymore. You encouraged me to apply to so many colleges, you taught me how to cook (kind of), you always had open arms to hug me, and you always encouraged me to be and do my best. You are my rock, and I know that I will always have you to turn to if I don't know what to do. I'll be forever grateful for what you did for me, and I'll love you always.

To the community as a whole, I am forever grateful for everything that you did for me, as I sit on my couch, not even having started three assignments that I have due tomorrow, I reminisce about my time at Dublin and I realize that no matter what, I will almost always come back and visit. Thank you.