I’ve always played the drums, but I kind of stopped. Then I got to Putney and I was invited to play in the jazz band. I hadn’t played for a while and it was pretty embarrassing, but now it’s completely re-sparked my passion for drumming. I’m a very rhythmic person. It lets me express part of who I am, get my emotions out.
I think that Putney is best for someone who wants to take learning into their own hands. If you have something that you’re interested in, there’s a lot of opportunity for you to get help and develop and grow in those areas.
I really, really like conference block. I love that I’m able to talk one-on-one with a teacher for a good amount of time each day. It’s so helpful. It allows me to understand what we’re working on, and it makes me want to learn things.
The last project week I did was on the U.S. retirement home system. It’s a section of our lives where a lot of people are going to end up, and it’s a little strange to me that all our elderly are in one place typically. I went to a bunch of retirement homes and I interviewed people and wrote an eight page paper about it.
I learned a lot about appreciating my own age. I had never thought about what it means to be 15, or what it means to be 30 or 40 or 50.
When I came to Putney I didn’t really have any expectations per se, but I definitely feel I have an enlightened view on the way the world functions. I just feel like I have a lot more ideas and options and creativity in my brain, that I can do something now. I have a much more broad sense of what my life can be than I did before.