In Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne writes “how lucky am I to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” While I will remain at Rockhurst High School (Kansas City, MO) next school year, as the month of May progresses, I have begun preparing to say goodbye to the many wonderful people and experiences I have loved during my year of service in Alum Service Corps (ASC).
I prepare to say goodbye to the wonderful young men I have been blessed to teach Modern World History and Yearbook to this year. Knowing them and watching them grow has been more rewarding and life-giving than I could have ever imagined.
I prepare to say goodbye to weekly dinners with the Rockhurst Jesuit Community who have provided constant support and good will. The friendship, guidance, and hospitality they offered me and my community each week will be greatly missed.
I prepare to say goodbye to my actual ASC community. Together we took an apartment in the art wing of a high school building and made it a home. While I am lucky to continue my Kansas City adventures with one of my roommates next year, the other will soon be moving on to new endeavors. Jamie Placht and Brian Dugan have truly been my brothers in this crazy adventure, and I am so lucky to have gotten the opportunity to know and live with them.
I prepare to say goodbye to living on a high school’s campus and both the consolations and desolations that can bring. You truly get to know an institution when you live inside of it, and it has been fun ordering late-night weekend Ubers to pick-up or drop us off at a closed, dark high school. The thirty-second commuting time to work each morning wasn’t half-bad, either!
I prepare to say goodbye to ASC Cohort 27. These twelve men and one woman have become dear friends and confidants over the past year. I left a three-year career in business to begin my year of service with ASC, and I remember being very worried at first that I might have made a mistake. Within days of summer orientation beginning, I knew that this would be an unforgettable year full of growth, hard work, and fun. The other thirteen members of my cohort and our support staff have made this statement to be true beyond my wildest dreams. We have spent a lot of wonderful time together in KC, St. Louis, and Denver, and I know the memories I’ve made and experiences I have had in ASC will be with me for the rest of my life.
Finally, I prepare to say goodbye to my Rockhurst colleagues whom I will get to see again in August. They too have made this a wonderful year for me, and while I look forward to the rest the coming summer will bring, I feel so lucky to know that I will get to see and work with them again very soon.
To all who will make these goodbyes so hard, thank you. I am lucky. I am blessed. I am grateful.