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This concept of passion is something to be proud of. If someone is able to love something to the point where it becomes a passion, they should be really satisfied and proud as it is not easy. When it comes to committing to someone or something, difficulties, struggles and frustrations are bound to occur with the process. People can be torn down so simply that it is hard sometimes to stand up again.

When I think about a good feeling, something I’m passionate about, the first things to pop up in my mind are the emotions I feel when I’m at the rink, and I slide on the ice with my skates. The freedom when I vault on the ice is something indescribable.

Figure skating has been, especially in the past year, fundamental for handling the lonely days of quarantine. It fulfilled me physically and mentally during such a difficult time. When you see someone skating, it seems so easy, as if the skates do everything, while it is the exact opposite when training.

It’s difficult to find the perfect poise of the subtle blade on the thin ice, but, as always, when you put your best effort into it, you reach some goals which set you up for new, even more difficult challenges. Sports help challenge yourself and reach unthinkable goals; this is what I learnt from ice skating. It is hard always to be motivated to continue, especially when something turns out to be harder than expected, but with constant effort, you can achieve everything. It is always a great sensation when you manage to do something you have been trying to do infinite times; it makes you feel great.

Skating is a very demanding sport, to say the least. Skaters have to be perfect in every sense. Every move, every spin, every jump must be perfect, potent, gentle, and well-performed all at the same time. Skating is not only physically strenuous; it is one immense mental game. The terror of falling can hold even the most qualified skaters from trying to launch their jumps, but at the same time, a thing that truly motivates me is getting up after a fall because, from that, you learn and understand how to improve. This sport made me realize how much I love challenges and the adrenaline of the risk. It has also shown me dedication is key to anything in life because if you want something that bad, you can work hard enough o achieve it. Skating is my passion, my deep love, my impulse to do the impossible, my struggle, and my beloved place to be. That is what makes a passion so hard to find.

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Chapter 13: Celebrating Faculty | Celebrating Lucy Clink

Lucy Click

2-D and IB Art Teacher

By Natalie Edwards '14 - City of Rome I, Core 9 Teacher and member of the Boarding Faculty
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Chapter 14: Alumni Spotlight | Alumni Spotlight Interview, Cortile 2022 Highlights

 Rohit Aggarwala ‘89

Chief Climate Officer and Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection

By Natalie Edwards '14 - City of Rome I, Core 9 Teacher and member of the Boarding Faculty
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Chapter 14: Alumni Spotlight | Alumni Spotlight Interview

Varun Baker ‘01

Co-Founder & Managing Director Farm Credibly

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Chapter 14: Alumni Spotlight | Alumni Spotlight Interview

Rachel Nicholson ‘06

Director, Visitor Engagement and Research at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

By Natalie Edwards '14 - City of Rome I, Core 9 Teacher and member of the Boarding Faculty
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Chapter 14: Alumni Spotlight | Alumni Spotlight Interview

Brian McKenna ‘00

Music Producer

By Natalie Edwards '14 - City of Rome I, Core 9 Teacher and member of the Boarding Faculty
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Chapter 15: Alumni Stories | Visiting Family Stories, Alumni Stories

Visiting Sully Plantation, Visiting Family Secrets

I stood in the thick green grass, looking at a slave dwelling at Sully Plantation, Chantilly, Virginia.

The cabin was built to replicate one that had housed the people my ancestors enslaved. It was a hot August day in 2021, 95 degrees with Virginia’s drenching humidity. I heard the loud chorus of crickets, the leaves shifting in the nearby copse, felt the heat in the breeze.

By Sarah Fleming ‘71
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Chapter 15: Alumni Stories | Science Stories for Grown-Ups, Alumni Stories

Science Stories for Grown-Ups

Everything ended with a book.
No wait.
Everything started with a book.

By Guilia Sebastio
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Chapter 15: Alumni Stories | St. Stephen's Community, A Small World, Alumni Stories

The Small World of Serendipity

This story is equal parts chance, serendipity, a small world, and the St Stephen’s community.

I am a musician and young entrepreneur, and when I was based in London, I was searching for ways to build connections.

By Edoardo Pariante ‘15