Some Lessons and Some Thank Yous

June 6, 2014

Happy Last Friday!

Well everyone, this is it! The bell has tolled for me! This is my very last glog post. EVER. It’s hard to believe it.

For my last and final glog I want to share three of the many things that Gould has taught me.

1. Don’t sit around, get out of your comfort zone.
Gould is consistently trying to get people to go out of their comfort zones. For example, we send our ninth graders abroad. That was a little scary! I went to China when I was 14 years old. It was a country that I knew nothing about, other than a little of its history.

2. You don’t know suffering until you get to Gould.

9 days in the woods in March just about sums that one up. Gould also teaches you to cope with that suffering. You know you have been weathered when -20 degrees at 8:30 p.m. doesn’t stop you from going ice climbing.


3.  Pushing yourself will pay off.
My third lesson is that pushing your limits is a good thing. Take classes that seem daunting! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Even if you don’t think you will succeed, try it anyways. Even if you end up dropping to an easier class, you will learn something about yourself along the way.


I also want to say a few Thank Yous while I’m here.


Mr. Hayward: We have been through quite a bit –everything from ice storms to that awesome fall I took climbing last weekend. You taught me to love climbing and showed me the ropes, literally. I cannot possibly thank you enough.

Mr. Hedden: You were the best advisor I could have asked for. I was always able to come to you, no matter the situation. It was truly a pleasure to have been one of your advisees. Thank you so much!

The most elite crew to walk Church Street. (Photo taken by Mary ('15))

The most elite crew to walk Church Street. (Photo taken by Mary (’15))

Mr. Alford (Jefe): You taught me to love Español. You gave me the opportunity to actually go to Spain. You gave me the confidence to actually speak the language with native speakers. Thank you!

Mr. Southam: You helped me realize my passion for biology. I learned ridiculous amounts from your class. There was never a time when I didn’t look forward to dot 5 regular biology last year and then dot 4 AP Biology this year.

I’m going to cut myself off there because I could thank just about everyone I interacted with here at Gould. You all helped me grow as a student and as a person. I’m sure it will be hard to find a community like Gould. I think that it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without having interacted with each and every one of the members of the Gould community.

Until Next Time,

Alec Manning

P.S. There isn’t a next Glog, but I can’t break tradition by ending my post with something else!!!


3 Responses

  1. Avatar ryan laperle says:

    It’s been a pleasure to work with and getting to know you for the past couple of years. …and thank you for the jr. 4pt. tips Glog, I certainly used a few while I was out there this year! I will certainly miss reading your Glog each week next year. I look forward to watching you walk across the stage tomorrow to receive your hard-earned diploma. Congratulations, my friend!

  2. Avatar Nancy Babcock says:

    Yes Alec, I will miss your Glog as well. But keep writing – somewhere. With all of your adventures, it will be nice to have that paper trail to look back on. Be safe and have fun!

  3. Chris Hayward Chris Hayward says:

    Thank you Alec! I’m looking forward to many more climbing days this summer and when you are back in town for breaks from college. It’s been a pleasure “showing you the ropes”. I appreciate your motivation to get out there, try new things and work on a difficult climb until you get it. Great words in this GLOG to encourage others to do the same. Congrats!

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