by Fiona Keith ’19
How at George School have you been able to pursue something you’re interested in?
When I arrived at George School as a freshman, I had many interests that I always thought about pursuing, but was too nervous to step out of my comfort zone and try. For example, ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a drummer. However, throughout my middle school years, I was scared to try getting into this for fear of being judged, or being seen as “weird” for being a girl drummer.
Quickly after arriving at GS, it did not take me long to realize that if there was something that I was interested in, no one was going to view me negatively for wanting to get into it. Even better, I saw that I could receive tremendous support from the community firsthand. At the beginning of sophomore year, I purchased my own drum set and began teaching myself how to play. At school, I found opportunities to get my playing out of the basement and onto live stages, which was an extremely inspiring and enriching experience for me. I played solo and in a band with others in our Live Music Weekend in Marshall Center, and felt so confident afterwards.
Then, a few weeks later, I also performed in our Art for Relief charity event drumming solo on the big stage in Walton, which I can say to this day is one of the coolest experiences I’ve had. Even this year, I have been approached by several people to drum with them again, which makes me feel so flattered and encouraged to keep on playing. I am so grateful to say that I am part of a place where I have had the space to be who I truly am, do the things that I love unconditionally, and improve at those things along the way.