It’s December of my Senior year, and it’s finally hitting me: I will not be at Villa next year. I won’t be walking down the hallways on my way to my next class, I won’t be asking my teachers for my grades or extra help, and I won’t be sitting by my locker or in the Student Lounge in the early morning, cramming in last-minute studying with my friends. As I realize that I am experiencing a bunch of “last times doing whatever” at Villa, I realize how much has happened over the past four years. I’ve now been to four Mother-Daughter Teas, four Thanksgiving Feasts, and four Harvest Dances, along with much more. But as I experience this nostalgia and even a longing to go back to my Freshman year, I realize how much I have to look forward to, not only for the rest of my Senior year, but also as an Alumna from Villa.
I of course still have all of the wonderful activities left this year at Villa, like the Spring Spirit Day (which is one of my favorites), the Father-Daughter Dance, formal and prom, and much more. But, I also realize that Villa holds a special place for its Alumnae as well as its students, which reassures me that I will never truly leave Villa. Villa Alumnae always try to make it one of their priorities to come back for the Thanksgiving Feast, because in case you haven’t noticed, we love to eat! So even though I experienced my last Feast as a student, I know I’m going to make it my top priority next year to come back to feast with my Villa girls. Also, Alumnae always seem to make an appearance at various points during the year, visiting teachers and girls, so I know that I won’t miss my lovely teachers and younger Villa sisters too much, for I’ll hopefully be visiting them quite often.
So despite my fears for next year at college of being not only homesick for my actual home, but also my Villa home, I’ve realized that Villa gives us plenty of opportunities to come back “home."
- Kelsey Endo '14