We’re tired of hearing how “this” got cancelled, “that” got ruined, life got turned upside down. It sickens us that the topic of every conversation, news broadcast, and Google Meet is why we would be better off if life was normal. Likewise, if it pains us to hear the pity and despair of people mentioning the Sixth Form, we can’t begin to imagine how they feel. Save the pity. Save the thoughts of what could have been. Save it all, as commiserating for two months is more than enough.
Sixth Formers, your dedication to unifying us often goes unnoticed. In a time of heightened racism and rebuilt barriers, you did not let it enter our sacred walls. That fist bump you gave an underclassman made his day, we promise you. The decisions you make are followed, nearly imitated, by all of us. We look up to your drive and energy. You always have something going on and inspire the rest of us to get back on our horse.
We hope you’re proud that you will be remembered by that confident stride down the hall that motivated us to do the same. You’ve accomplished so much there’s no point in starting to mention them all. More importantly, the mark you made reaches far beyond what you have done for yourselves.
Personally, we wanted to sleep in, slack off, and be lazy, but the two seniors in our advisory made sure that did not happen. They genuinely cared about our well being and motivated us to pass it on, something the Fifth Form will do next year. These seniors could have hung up the cleats. They made it; they’re done. But these boys, representative of this entire grade, dragged us through before kicking their feet up.
After two summer’s worth of break time with about half summer’s worth of freedom, return with a story to tell.
When we are invited back to the Haverford campus in the fall, we must pick up where they left off, and that must start this summer.
Don’t just try to fill the hours of the day. Fill them with something you are proud of. When you are proud, others feed off that energy and feel inspired to do the same. After two summer’s worth of break time with about half summer’s worth of freedom, return with a story to tell.
Stay in touch with each other so when this long awaited return comes, and it will, we are not strangers but brothers returning from an extended long weekend.