Student Voices: Harvey & Sana
Two Upper School students read these personal reflections at our 5th annual Multicultural Performance Showcase. Here are excerpts from what they shared.
Wheeler has allowed me to tap into parts of myself that I never would have discovered. Before I came to Wheeler I had the mindset that I had to be this amazing jock -- great at basketball, baseball, and one of the fastest runners in my grade -- just because my father was a great athlete when he went to Wheeler back in the 80’s. However these were things that I let others force me to believe.
I wanted to be a performer. I wanted to give people a show. I wanted to be on the stage. That’s where I felt the most comfortable, that's where I felt I belonged. But, I was scared to try because I grew up thinking that singing and dancing were meant for girls and that guys weren’t supposed to do those things. Wheeler made me feel safe enough to put myself out there and take the risk. I never would have joined the dance team anywhere else because I would have feared being ridiculed. At Wheeler, because of the safety I felt within the walls of this school, I was able to pursue something I am passionate about, something that gives me joy that I never would have discovered elsewhere.
My personal identity is made up multiple parts, as it is for all of us. My family’s origin, my religious standing, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, social capabilities, academic standing, and so much more. Being a student at Wheeler for eight years, I’ve been able to both admire the things that immediately differentiate me from others -- like my family’s religion, my race, ethnicity, or pigmentation -- and to focus on the qualities that may not initially pop into mind just by looking at me. I’m more enlightened as a student about what diversity really means in a broader sense; it’s not simply made up of a few defining categories, but many. You’ll find differences in passions, beliefs, and capabilities; that is what makes us individuals. It’s easy to find commonality, but just as easy to find diversity and embrace individuality.