By Priya Phillips '20
Amidst preparation for my final year on the Close, I, like many other students, have found myself putting a great deal of thought into my future yearbook quote. There are many avenues a student could go down while finding a quote, you could google statements like 'funniest yearbook quotes ever' or 'most profound yearbook quotes' or even, like many members of the NCS Class of 2019 did, 'best 'How I Met Your Mother' quotes'. While there are several other legacies you will leave behind at your high school, a yearbook quote is arguably the most tangible and exciting one.
After searching through a plethora of lackluster Beyoncé and 'Friends' quotes, I decided to google 'best quotes about home'. I have gone to school on the Close for my entire life, and I am one of sixteen girls in the Class of 2020 who can proudly declare themselves a lifer. While I don't consider my years at Beauvoir to be the most formative ones, I am thankful that I have always attended school on the Close- even if I haven't always loved it. However, though I haven't always enjoyed my time on the Close, I firmly believe that NCS is my home. If it weren't for NCS, I would simply not be the person that I am today and, for better or for worse, I cannot imagine myself without NCS. As I mindlessly scrolled through a page of quotes about home, I found one that perfectly summarizes my feelings towards graduating in a year: “Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to”. The prospect of leaving NCS has always filled me with equal amounts of dread and excitement, two very polarizing emotions, and the above quote has helped me reconcile my dueling feelings.
As I begin my fourteenth year on the Close, I confidently feel like I have taken advantage of everything that NCS has offered up to me. I am confident, caring, and well-educated because of NCS. I am also competitive, a perfectionist, and a bit of an elitist because of the Close. Because I have been surrounded by strong-willed and like-minded women my entire life, I rarely lose faith in my abilities as a student and a leader. However, by growing up surrounded by people like me, I can't help but feel like I have missed out on opportunities for personal growth. Most of the time I am comfortable with the fact that the Close is a bubble because bubbles are safe, but, as I look towards college, I fear that I'm going to be removed from the experiences of my future peers and that I'll find it hard to relate to them. Even though I occasionally feel like being a lifer has hindered me, I would never trade the friends that I've made and the memories I've created for any other life.
I am ready to leave the Close, but that doesn't mean it won't be one of the harder things I will have to do in my life. There is a reason why the Cathedral is always filled to the brim with alumnae during Lessons & Carrols. Whether or not Highschool was the time of your life, your 'glory days', it is undeniable that the Close is responsible for shaping each and every one of us into the people that we are today. The only way that I can think of thanking NCS for everything it has done for me is by making the most out of my senior year. My last year on the Close will undoubtedly be my best, and I am ready to bring my long relationship with NCS to an end.