How has KCA changed your family? How has KCA changed your life? One recent alumni shared this story with us:
Before I came to KCA I was planning to go to college but I didn’t really care where I went. And now I’m driven enough to want to pursue a PhD at this point. I think, in myself, that I’m strong enough to do that. Which is something I didn’t understand before. Sending your kid to KCA is a really good idea, but it might feel hard. If there’s an [adjustment period] they and all their peers will grow from that. If you’re looking for an easy place to send your kid, it’s easier at public school.
KCA is small, so any difficulties that you have, you don’t escape. That’s a really good thing, because you can’t get away from the problems that you have either created or been a part of. It forces you to learn how to solve all you interpersonal problems. It’s taught me that I could solve those, and that when you stick around and don’t just leave you learn a lot, you grow a lot. I think that’s probably the biggest thing that KCA has taught me.
My ability to maintain relationships is huge, I have a large capacity for that. The way that I go about life, I don’t leave people without really trying hard. That has allowed me to see the good in people; I really believe that people are good. I understand the nuance that it doesn’t make the bad things they do excusable, it just means it can be solved and worked through. I’m pretty resilient and I’m pretty good at expecting other people to be resilient. I think when you expect other people to be resilient they’re much more likely to rise to that challenge. I think that will be valuable in my jobs, in my persistence in school.
KCA needs to start our 35th year off strong, we need to make sure that the amazing experience we had as students here is available to all our current and future students.
(photo credit: Noah Fleischman)