When I told my mother that I began volunteering for St. Paul’s she said, “Why? You didn’t like it there.”
And she was right. Most of the time I was a student at St. Paul’s I felt alone, isolated, and completely consumed by my one goal of getting into college. I didn’t feel particularly smart or especially talented. I just worked a lot and hoped it would all pay off.
It wasn’t until I left that I began to miss the school. It was the last time in my life I remembered being completely healthy. It became my reference point for mental health and it was a high standard to hold myself to. It was a lofty goal to reattain my mental acuity from SPS and then hope one day to surpass it. But that was my goal and the only way to reach that point was to go back and figure out exactly who I was when I was there. So I began to make small donations -$20/$25 – and then I began going to school events in Boston and then revisiting the campus.
Now I’m an official volunteer because without this time in my life before I became ill I wouldn’t even know where to begin when it comes to getting my health back on track.
So if you’re an alum of the school who had a hard time and you wish you had never gone consider the current students (in light of your own experiences) and know that your donation helps them.
And if you’re an alum who loves the school unconditionally donate immediately if you haven’t already.
If you’re somewhere in between donate to acknowledge the fact that places like St. Paul’s add value to the life of young people from all over the world. And you never know when the past will help you work towards a brighter future.
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