When I first came to Fenn, I thought I would never fit in. I had just come from public schools in Bedford, but most kids in my grade had already been at Fenn for two years. Here they were, tossing footballs, running around and smiling, and I was still mad at having to tuck my shirt in. But when I approached the boys, they turned out to be some of the kindest people I have ever met.
On our first day of school, we went on a field trip to a place called Purgatory Chasm. The landscape was a cool and weird rocky trail, with cliffs, rocks, and caves. Upon arriving I was a little lonely. After all, I still didn't even know anybody's name. We were split up into our advisor groups, and then we set off on the creepy, ominous trail. I was a little scared by the jagged rocks, so I stuck close to the chaperone. Not stopping to enjoy the view, I mostly stayed away from the other boys. At the end of the trail, we stopped to eat lunch, and I decided to sit on a rock in the shade, isolated from the others, but they sat all around me and we made small talk. Although this doesn't seem like much of a thing to do, most normal boys would simply spend time with their friends as opposed to meet new people, and this helped me come out of my shell a little. As soon as I felt comfortable making conversation with the boys, it was much easier for me to be able to socialize, and thus I was able to fit into Fenn like any other boy.
Coming from a different school, I knew that the academic transition would be a little challenging. There were some things that I had learned already that Fenn boys had not, but there also were things Fenn boys had learned that I had not. In some of my classes, this led to a stressful, challenging start of my Fenn career. I was not quite used to the workload or the material. For instance, in math, I had no prior experience with negative numbers (and by no experience I mean I didn't know they existed). Regardless, the boys I worked with were helpful and guiding, and I was on track in no time. They helped me when I was confused, gave constructive criticism, and even admitted to their own mistakes.
Fenn has showed me that being a good influence on others can make other people happier. I have learned how to set a good first impression on people, and how to be a nice person. Fenn boys are caring, kind, and helpful, and these are values that I will continue to follow for the rest of my life.