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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

BY KEVIN CARTY '14
Looking back at my time spent in the Upper School, it can all seem like a blur. Awkward dances, APUSH readings, sports practices, scrambled tests, late nights...if I met my freshman self today, there would definitely be a few minutes of staring; trying to decipher the effects four years of high school had on me.

Now, these changes didn’t happen so easily, but the word regret never crossed my mind. I am okay with who I am — in fact I’m a little proud. And each bump along the road helped shape that person I am today.

But there are a few things I wished I had realized sooner that would have made life that much easier. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it does carry some weight nonetheless.

First and foremost: grades are important, yes, but they do not define who you are. The classes you take don’t; the numbers on your transcript don’t; your SAT and ACT scores don’t. The college you end up at doesn’t. Education is a never ending pursuit; it is essential to finding both a passion and a purpose in life. But it cannot be summed up by letters at the end of each semester. Get outside of the classroom. Volunteer. Travel. See things none of your friends have seen and work on a truly comprehensive education.

With this being said, take advantage of the academic opportunities you have. Greensboro Day School is a unique environment where each and every teacher wants to see you succeed. Enjoy this academic environment. Thrive in it. Classroom education should not become your founding characteristic, but it is a fundamental building block for your future. Speaking of the future….

Start the college search early! Visit as many colleges as you can. Each college offers a distinct environment with its own mix of academics, social endeavors and sports teams. Don’t be afraid to talk to current students. Google is a very important resource when it comes to the college search, but current students can give you a realistic, first-hand account of student life at the university.

You are what you eat, but you may also be who you hang out with. This is by no means encouraging reclusive behavior or selective social circles. Get out there and make some friends! But when it comes to whom you spend your weekends with, use a little caution. Find people with common interests and who are accepting of your nuances and idiosyncrasies rather than those looking for people to roll up to a party with.

One of the hardest things I had to learn was how to say 'no.' I promise it’s okay to stop playing tennis - even though you have done it since you were little; even though your parents want you to continue playing; even though you think it will look good to colleges. Maybe that person you see in the mirror everyday may not be a part of your future? And that’s okay! It’s okay to want to try something new for a change. In turn, you may discover someone else in the mirror you like a little more.

And finally, find yourself. High school is a time to get involved in as many extracurriculars as you can. Discover what you like, what you don’t like, and what gets you excited. It’s dangerous to make decisions impacting your future without a true sense of self. In that case, the external force pushing you the hardest may win. So take a personality test. Learn to embrace your quirks. Surround yourself with an environment that nurtures your interests and individuality.

High school is an exciting, wondrous place. Students undoubtedly come out more mature and ready for the next step in life. Take advantage of these tips and make the high school experience what you want it to be! 

Posted 07/10/2014 02:57PM
The following International Students need host family housing next year...
Posted 06/23/2014 03:21PM
The Greensboro Day School/Lenovo Website is now ready to take laptop orders. Laptops ordered now will take approximately two weeks to ship. The laptop models come bundled with all that is necessary for students to participate in their classes (laptop, AC adapter, battery, digitizer pen (stylus) and software).
Posted 06/09/2014 09:00AM
To follow are the Grades 9-12 Academic Awards, and the Head's List & Honor Roll for Grades 7-12...
Posted 06/06/2014 01:17PM
Alexa Schleien '14 was announced as this year's Founders' Award recipient for best exemplifying the characteristics of scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership implicit in the founding of our school...
Posted 06/06/2014 12:20PM
Charli Kelly was honored as the 2014 James P. Hendrix, Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award...
Posted 06/06/2014 12:02PM
Senior Ellie Dougherty was the recipient of the Maureen B. Gerhardt Award for exemplifying the values of honor, personal integrity, responsible citizenship, and service to the community...

 

  • August 14, 2014
    • Grades 5-6 New Student Orientation 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

      For 5th & 6th grade students new to GDS. 

    August 15, 2014
    • Grades 7-8 New Student Orientation 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

      For 7th-8th grade students new to GDS. 

    August 17, 2014
    • Ribbon Cutting & Open House Bell Family Middle School

      Ribbon Cutting & MS Families Open House at 2:00 p.m.
      LS & US Families Open House at 3:00 p.m. 
      Alumni & Friends Open House at 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

    August 18, 2014
    • Grades 1-4 Meet the Teachers 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

      Students and parents in grades 1-4 are invited to drop-in to meet their teachers. 

    • MS Advising Drop-in 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

      Students and parents in grades 5-8 are invited to meet their advisor

    August 19, 2014
    • US New Student & Parent Orientation 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMFor all families (including rising 9th grade families previously in our MS) who are new to our US in 2014-15. 

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