Each year, seniors at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School deliver a speech to their peers on a topic of their choosing in the Newhall Auditorium. Often equal parts clever and moving, emotional and personal, each speech offers a glimpse into the lives, experiences, struggles, and triumphs of SSM seniors.
Throughout the 2018-19 school year, we will share these speeches with the SSM community and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.
There are intended and unintended paths in life. My graduation will be the crossroads of those two paths for me.
My time at Shattuck did not officially start as a sixth grader in 2012. In the fall of 1990, Caren Marie Currie, “brainiac,” caught the eye of the young hockey “stud,” Trevor Anthony Putrah. After almost nine incredibly long years of dating, they were married by Father Doyle, along with every single one of their closest alumni friends.
A few years later, as a toddler, I was wearing a Shattuck hockey sweatshirt and listening to a song created by my parents and other alumni. It started with “Currie, oh Currie, you’ll grow up in a hurry and you’ll go to Shattuck someday.”
I think that someday came sooner than anyone thought because next thing I knew I was standing in front of St. Mary’s Hall waiting for my first class, watching my mom cry her eyes out. Time passed again and I was the one that was crying this time, when I learned I would be playing on the U16 team as an eighth grader. Again, time has passed and now I stand here, starting my last year, pretty sure both of my parents are crying.
So, my path to come here has always been intended. Growing up, everyone knew I was going to play hockey, and everyone knew I was going to attend this school. While it was something I definitely had to earn and work hard for, it was clearly something I was supposed to do. And while I’ve been following my parents’ footsteps on this “intended” path, I have done everything I can to make this experience my own.
From Singing Hills, to claiming space in weCreate, to trying to understand Physics, to weekend nights on Parade, to waiting for the Hub to be built, my time here has been nothing but memorable. Of course, a big part of that time here was the time spent with my teammates. After hundreds of hours on a bus, dozens of nights in a Holiday Inn Express, and countless hours in the locker room together, I think it is safe to say that we have a unique and powerful bond. I have been fortunate to be a part of three national championship teams, so far, and through both the accomplishments themselves, along with how we achieved those accomplishments, I believe we have done our part to leave the program better than we found it.
This may be my most valued learning from my time here at SSM - that life is not just about the “what” and what we may achieve, but it is equally about the “how” and how we get those things done. I believe on our next path, and beyond, ultimately we will be judged by both - what we accomplish along with how we accomplish things, how we conduct ourselves, and how we represent the things we are a part of.
I will always be grateful for my time at Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Through the experiences I have had here, I have been given the opportunity to earn a new, unintended path next fall when I will attend and play hockey for Dartmouth College. While that’s somewhat nerve-wracking, it is also exciting because it is what I created on my own. My parents did not attend Dartmouth or live on the East Coast, but knowing them, I think they’ll follow me out there…. thank god Syd just started here.
I don’t know what my time at college will bring, but hopefully it is as unique and special as my time here has been. I move towards that new and unintended path confident my intended path has prepared me for what lies ahead.
Although my time here started in 1990, it has led me to something unexpected, and while I want to soak up every minute of this last year, I look forward to the chance to embark on a new path, which will be my own.