We all have dreams and passions and aspirations and plans, but I think, at the end of the day, what we all really have is a desire to feel the opposite of lonely. Not only that we felt it, but that we recognized it, that we appreciated it, that we helped others feel it.
In her speech, Maddie captured in a very real and authentic way, what it is like to be a student at boarding school and, more specifically, what it is like to be a student at The Gunnery.
Her reflections were inspired in part by a book recommended by her English teacher, Melissa Schomers.
We don’t have a word for it, she says, but it’s what she wants in life.
To quote her, “It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Staying up too late in the dorm, talking and laughing.