“When you’re here surrounded by this community, it will all work out in the end”

Moses Brown traditionally opens each school year with Convocation – a coming together on the first Friday of classes with our entire school community to celebrate the beginning of a new year. The gathering takes place on our Front Circle, highlighted by student speeches.

We are pleased to share the remarks shared by 12th grader Ruby H. focused on community:

“I am so honored to be here speaking to you all and thanks to the Class of 2022 for providing me with such a beautiful view from up here. I am beyond excited to embark on this new school year and to finally be able to experience it with the entire community on campus.

But within my excitement, I am also a little nervous. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a mean case of the Sunday scaries last night and I doubt I’m alone here and that’s okay. The first day of school marks that uneasy transition between the end of summer and the beginning of something new with no idea of what will come. It feels like just yesterday I was crying to my parents the night before team trips as a new sixth grader, begging them to email my advisor who then called me at 10 on a school night to help calm my nerves. But what else would you expect from an MB teacher? In my time here I’ve always been able to count on the teachers to guide me through the scary times and I am so grateful for them, especially after the unprecedented challenges thrown at them this past year. Thank you teachers!

So as you’re standing here all secretly a little scared on your first days, translate those feelings into gratitude for our school, the finest teachers, gorgeous campus, endless opportunities, and a word that never fails to get overused, the community. Because the truth is, when you’re here surrounded by this community, it will all work out in the end – and just know your teachers will always be there, even to call you up at night when you’re crying.”

See the full Convocation story.