An Experience That Changed My Life
by Charlotte Mumma
Last year I switched schools. I was tired of being in a lifeless environment every day. I was tired of the way I witnessed human beings treat each other, while teachers looked on and said nothing. I was tired of overcrowded classrooms where my voice was not valued. I was tired of having lectures that were irrelevant to the world. I was tired of living an ignorant lifestyle. I was tired. So I made the switch to a little Quaker school that valued a culture of kindness and had a grade made up of fifteen students.
Even though I am Quaker, this was something I had never experienced before. Entering the cozy building whose doors are always open was like stepping into another world. I remember talking to some of my now best friends for the first time and thinking how one group of people could be so incredibly kind and accepting.
I easily made the decision to go to Friends School Haverford. It was an easy transition. I had found the perfect little community for me. Now I can’t even remember school life before this. With the help of supportive peers at my school, I have learned how to feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. I’ve learned new things about myself and the way that I think. My voice is not just heard and valued, but it is nurtured. I am surrounded by people who love me and are excited to learn.
Everyone who is part of this community makes a conscious effort to make life at school (and home) better for the people surrounding them. We are a diverse and accepting group. I think critically, talk about the world, and learn in class things that some schools never even care to bring up. I am educated about social injustice and issues in the world. I am no longer tired, but thriving.