“Bloom where you’re planted.”
Those were the words that Dr. Adunni Anderson, Director of the Primary School, shared with me during a conversation we had early on in my time working at KPS. We were in her office or out at lunch, and those words jumped out at me; since then I’ve taken them to heart.
I started working at Kent Place as the Interim Communications Associate, shortly after graduating from UPenn as an English major. Still unsure of what I wanted to do, and kicking myself for that uncertainty, I found in Kent Place the opportunity to mature in all my areas of interest, even concurrently.
As a creative person, I discovered an appreciation and aptitude for photography, which I’ve since started doing in a freelance capacity. In the same vein, video production also became a new, fun, and engaging activity. With the visual arts, I had rarely had the chance before to see a small idea—a seed—blossom into a fully grown entity. Over and over again, I got to see these “small” things become bigger things that benefitted the school community and would ultimately draw others to the brilliance of Kent Place School. Who knew marketing could be so rewarding?
In transitioning to the Admission Office, I learned how much I adore children! Working with the Green Key members on a regular basis and connecting with students in all grades has been a true joy of mine. Relating to the students has offered me the opportunity to give back, to remind them that, yes, they will “get into college,” and no, they shouldn’t call their classmates names (that’s for the little ones in Primary School). Coaching track and field has been integral to this experience, and connecting with alumnae and families of color as an admission officer and A Better Chance alumna also added vitality to my work. All of these experiences with young people made me more certain of my desire to teach and influenced my decision to pursue an MA in Comparative Literature at King's College London.
Overall, I am so grateful to everyone I’ve worked with and worked for. They have allowed me the flexibility to work on projects both within and without of my prescribed job description, trusted me with responsibility uncommon for professionals my age, reminded me how to lead myself, encouraged me, and given me the grace to learn when I didn’t always cross all my t’s and dot all my i’s. As my time at Kent Place comes to an end, I’m reminded that every act has boundless impact. I believe that this truth will affect all who set foot on Kent Place’s campus as a student, visitor, staff member, coach, or teacher.
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