Eaglie's Aviary

Saturday, June 05, 2004

All other projects are on hold for my final post while at St. Ignatius College Prep:

A Farewell to Ignatius

It was a good school. An academic school. I came in looking for learning, not loving. I had friends already. Why did I ever need anyone else? So I came in saying to people, "Sorry, but as soon as I graduate, I won't give a damn about you."

But then funny stuff happened. I met Zam. And I had someone to talk to. And then my friends in Forest Park all mostly disappeared. I realized that Forest Park sucks, actually, now that I had Chicago, and Forest Park sucks even more because there is no big high school for friends to stay together at. So I lost all my local friends. ALL of them.

But I met a few more people. Zam hung out with some bowling buddies, and I found band buddies in Lora, Peggy, Jake, and Brian early on. And I had a few crushes, neither of which would materialize. Those two were WAY outta my league, and I think only one other person knows who they were.

Sophomore year then created the biggest vortex in terms of turning around my life. I talked to one Chris Burdulis early that year, mentioning I'd appear at Improv to watch. He said no one gets to "watch" Improv. And I learned that was true. I became a regular on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I was made into who I am.

Also sophomore year... I was changed even more. I became a regular at one lunchtable full of Improv'rs, bowlers, chessplayers, and miscellaneous boys. I also regularized myself in the bandroom at lunch. I hung out with mostly girls, and so oddly enough, I was put into a group that I would spend a lot of time with as well. I got asked to my first Ignatius dance, Turnabout, by Jordan. And I also went to Lora's fundraiser dance and to the Fall Harvest dance.

Junior year put me into these groups even more definitely. I became someone willing to control and lead in Improv. I had found my Improv and band friends ever closer. I had my first time asking a girl (Peggy) to a dance, and Lora asked me to Turnabout. I went to every dance that year, though I kinda got turned down asking someone to the Junior Ring dance. I saw seniors that I was close to leave for the first time, including my sister and Kristina W. But, still, I fought on and now acheived the crown of senior.

Senior year? Full of everything. Burdulis, Alex, and I took over stewardship of Improv. I took a thousand tough classes. I found even more friends, many of whom went to Cedar Point with me, or invited me to graduation parties. I went to prom with the first person I asked and who I intended to ask quite a long time beforehand (good acheivement, right?). I spoke at the Baccalaureate Mass, and from the reactions and compliments, apparently I did better than I thought I would.

I am a senior at St. Ignatius College Prep for 2-3 more hours. It's tough seeing the end edging so close. And so, I ask of you all, my Ignatian readers... as I asked of people in Forest Park once, though falling on deaf ears... and as I asked of you at the Baccalaureate Mass: make the world of Ignatius as lifelong as humanly possible. It would be such an injustice to me and to everyone else who fought the past four years to love all of you if we lost you.