Thursday, March 9, 2017

An Open Letter to SAC Day Students by Emily Winningham

I’ve been struggling to figure out what to write for my final blog post. I want to leave behind something meaningful for our Quirky (ha *kneeslap*) readers and for the Journalism class of 2018 to look back on and think, “Wow, Emily really made me think about something here.” So as I was thinking and hoping someone might actually think that, I have decided to write an open letter to the students I’m leaving behind this year as well as future students who won’t even know who I am. 

Dear SAC Day Students of 2018,

If you’re even reading this, I just want you to know that you’re not alone in anything. If you’re a senior, freaking out with stress for all the colleges you need to apply to, don’t fret. I mean, don’t put it off and procrastinate either, but take a deep breath, take each day one at a time, tackle each obstacle individually, and ask for help if you need it. 

That advice can actually apply to anyone, no mater what grade you’re in. Whether you’re a freshman, a sophomore, a junior, or a senior. It’s the best advice I’ve learned and the best advice I can give. 

The next best advice I can offer is to find good friends and keep them close. I’m not lying when I say I have literally found and made the best friends I have ever had at both SAC Day and HAAC Day. There are people here who will care about you, accept you, and love you exactly as you are. when you find these genuine friends who feel like family, you seriously need to keep them. They’ll be your greatest allies in this chapter of your life.

Keep yourself firmly rooted in God. I can’t stress that importance enough. Yes, there will be days you’ll feel like God is against you, or you’re not even sure you’re following His plan for you anymore. But He’ll never leave your side, and when life gets fuzzy and crazy, He’ll make it all clear again if you give Him the chance and the time.

SAC Day has literally been the best schooling experience I have had, and as a senior, I’m not ready to leave it all behind because it’s become comfortable and familiar. This is my only year at SAC Day, and I already knew a lot of people because I went to HAAC Day last year, but even the people I didn’t know embraced me really quickly. I really hope 2017-2018 is a great school year for all SAC Day students. 


Emily Winningham

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