February 8th, 2005
In light of recent posts: a positive note about governors school...
I, Kate Fenwick, class of '03, loved Governors school, even though I can remember many sleepless nights spent trashing the administration. My govies are still my closest circle of friends. I see them every day. They're my family, and I love them. Daniel, who was my best friend there (and still is), lives two doors down from me now, and we still walk to class together. I see the rest of my govies at least two times a week. At least two times. They understand me better then almost anyone on earth. My journals are filled with a hundred good memories for every bad one.
I will be the first to admit that scgsah is not easy to stomach. It requires you to be brave, and to leave everything you know behind. Yes, you are going to sacrifice some of the normality of the last two years of highschool. There are no football games. There are no joy rides or sleepovers. There isn't a cheerleading squad or lockers. There are no spur of the moment movies or mall trips. Admittedly, when you're bored on a Friday night, this is irritating. But in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't matter. You're part of something that replaces those things in spades. If you really love what you're doing, why wouldn't you be starved for the opportunity to be surrounded by people who love the same things? Us Govies have a bond. We all the faced the most difficult challenge of our lives together. We grew up together. I saw my govies sick, sad, happy, laughing, dissapointed, and embarressed. They were the reason I got through my junior and senior year, and that is quite an impressive thing.
Here is some advice to potential govies: Don't listen to people who have nothing but negative things to say about governors school, or people who are willing to defame it over the internet. This is not the voice of someone who is using governors school to their greatest advantage. If you love what you're doing, and I mean really love it, then you belong at governors school, and furthermore, governors school needs you. It needs people who love it as much as my class did. From what I can tell, it is currently lacking a student body that cares for it. Shape up, current govies, you're dissapointing us.
I would do it all over again and again if I could. I miss it that much. You all will never get it back the way it is right now, because it changes all the time. Live it up, and keep your negative comments to yourselves.
PS: what's wrong with antidepressants? hahaha...get over it.
Current Mood: irritated
Did you graduate before or after the regime change? Antidepressants rock! hehehe
after, and I realize that the "regime change" as you call it changed a LOT of things, because I was still friends with govies that went through it. But it has always been my experience that govies are made of tougher stuff then that. The govie bond, and experience on a whole should be strong enough to withstand a change in administration. I guess what really rubs me the wrong way is govies trashing the school in front of potential govies. You guys have to realize how tenuous governors school is. We need recruits. That school desperately needs you guys to have a good attitude, especially if the administration is as tight fisted as you say.
Dude, Jesse owns.
And Give up the Ghost...isn't that like, a Dashboard Confessional song?
Most "hardXcore" bands are bad, though. Especially angry-white-boy-punk ones. Hahahahaha, as opposed to angry-black-boy-punk music.
"hip-hop" is a funny word.
And yeah...things (from what I hear) have definitely gotten more, shall we say, Nazi-esque. However, despite the raging injustices that at times are all this school is made of, it's worth it. So far.
Anyway, on the postive side of life, at least this community's getting some posts that aren't the same old "10000Questions About Gee Ess," eh? No offense to people who've posted those entries before--I did it too. It just gets annoying after a while.
*Heads off to pop antidepressants*
<---I WAS JUST KIDDING, RA WHO READS THIS. I AM IN NO WAY SUICIDAL OR THREATENING. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME; HAVE AN EXCELLENT DAY. SINCERELY, BRIANA
Thanks for saying something positive. I'm a potential govie(audition's this Saturday) and have left two entries in this community (I think you've responded to them). Anyway, I've been getting a lot of nice feedback and then random really negative comments which I find totally unnecessary. I mean, it seems to me that it's one thing to dislike your school and complain about it, but there are more graceful ways to present your opinion. Certainly more graceful than what I've been getting. Why harm a potentially good thing for other people? I'm grateful for the warnings and advice, really, but not for some of the rude remarks.
So, thank you for being so upbeat. I'm glad you had a good time at the school.
Do you really think we've been trying to chase you away for your own good? Katia was pissed when she wrote that, I really really really don't think she'd want this school to end any more than the rest of us. Some of the stuff you got on this site was rude, some was misinterpreted, but none of that was meaning for you to not consider coming here.
Would you really want to arrive next August all ready for an idyllic little commune of happy artists and then get hit hard in the face with loads of petty restrictions and hindrances to the smooth practice of art, or would you rather know that there are a few unsavory things to deal with in a world of good, so that you can be prepared? I for one would choose the latter and I would not call the former a "good thing," sorry if we "harmed" with our "ungraceful" honesty.
lol Nothing was to get prospies not to consider coming to gS? I guess she misinterpreted the "To all prospective students; dont even bother." Natural mistake, who can blame her. ;)
Margaret, I was talking about the posts that SHE made. I know that's what Katia said, that's why I mentioned she was uber-pissed at the time. Nothing like that was made on the posts our prospie here made, is what I meant
I'm really sorry for what I wrote. I didn't mean to sound so offended (I wasn't). I was never under the impression that everything would be happy go lucky. As is the case of any school, nobody is happy. It's definitely true as of mine. The whole place is screwed up. Anyway, disregarding anything anybody has said, I'm still going to make an honest attempt to get into the school and see how it all goes from there. I really hope I didn't offend you.
Oh. And as far as ungraceful honesty...I just meant the very few who leave comments that are just rude. Not as far as telling me about the corrupt administration or giving me advice, you know? Just...rude.
Ok. Enough now. I don't really want to get involved in any sticky arguments. But thanks for the clarification.
Katie! I love you and miss you! You know, they say ignorance is bliss. Maybe these "enlightened" people should write letters to someone if gov school is such a crapper now. Yes, governor's school needs people who care about what they're doing...to be able to get through it...maybe change some things if need be...
From what I can tell, it is currently lacking a student body that cares for it. Shape up, current govies, you're dissapointing us.
Were you listening at all? Most of us said that Governor's School was the best ever and there are a lot of annoying things now that weren't there before. Prospective students are very valuable, I agree, but it won't do any good at all if they aren't prepared to face troubles and turmoil, because then they'll leave at Christmas and have half the class left. We are withstanding the administration, which is why we haven't left yet, thank you very much, and we do care for our school, thank you very much, and just because we have problems with the way things are run does not discount either, and neither does it mean this system of school organization is bunk. You are not here anymore and you know, not even last year's kids really know how things are anymore here.
We are not trying to trash the school here, we're being honest. Kids will not be happy here if they feel like they've been misled into a situation they can't handle, and that's worse than knowing full well what to expect and be prepared to handle it.
p.s. Where are you that has so many Govies? I want to go.
yes, usc, and i'm quite content. just one of those things, y'know?
"Shape up, current govies, you're dissapointing us."
its not all of us...just certain senior govies. im a junior and personally, i love it here and DONT take anti-depressAnts (yeah...spelled with an A)...so its a lot of work and there are rules...get over it...its going to be the same way in college.
"gah! i just got in trouble for smoking and doing something i shouldnt have been!!11one!!eleven!DURRR!!" what do you expect?
quit making the rest of us look bad.
Perhaps we should evaluate why so many (you'd be surprised) students at Governor's School decide to begin the self destructive activies like smoking, stealing, drugs, drinking, etc. while at the school. And if they started before they came, what propels them to continue doing it, when they know it's against the rules, and they know it "makes the rest of you look bad" (give me a fucking break, I'd rather the "bad kids" be at Governor's School over so many of those "clean" wastes of an arts diploma and education opportunity any day). By the way, what "makes us look bad" is subject to a matter of opinion. For you, it is making ethical mistakes (e.g., senior musicians continuously smoked last year). For me, it is mediocrity. [As a disclaimer I absolutely don't think it's kosher for people to get drunk on campus; this deserves punishment. But instead of covering up vomit with newspaper, perhaps admin and reslife should get to the root of ths issue.]
Secondly, I don't understand this "get over it" philosophy that some like yourself in this thread have enthusiastically adopted. "Getting over it" isn't the way to respond to the mistreatment (NOT WORK) of students, but neither is giving up and saying "don't come." I may sound like an idealist, but the situation isn't going to improve until they understand our position and we understand theirs. Check your history, oh young one. Some things must change, and "getting over it" sure as shit never got us anywhere.
|Date:||February 11th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)|| |
carrie lynn i hope you don't think i'm suggesting that the solution is for everyone to behave, because we all know that I myself did not behave a great deal of the time. I just want my favorite junior to know that the irritation in my post was directed towards people who think its fine to trash our school publically, and certainly not towards people who misbehaved. I agree that there needs to be some rehashing of policy there if the problem really is as bad as people say it is.
In my humble opinion (and read away, RAs and admin, YES, this is a former student haha):
misbehave away kiddos, you only live once.
Mischeif was PART of governors school.
"the irritation in my post was directed towards people who think its fine to trash our school publically, and certainly not towards people who misbehaved."
i didnt mean for my post to sound like that was towards people who misbehaved...it just fit. people bitch about the overwhelming security and wonder why. and im definately not saying "do the right thing and behave" just that people should know how to go about things more inconspicuously if these harsh policies and rules bother them so much.
it just irks me that certain seniors post about all of the bad things about this school and make the rest of us look like pesimistic, hypocritical assholes.
I don't think that at all!
Long live the hazing!
when you said "shape up govies...you're dissappointing us" I interpreted that to mean that the spirit and the devotion has pretty much vanished. and you're right, but with the shit they deal with now, I don't know how much I can blame them. I was responding to that fuck the fcc girl or whoever it is.
but what the hell, summer 2005. aint no RAs at the fenwick estate.