Weekend Wisdom

Shekida Smith ’05

12
“Take a breath.
“As I write this, I can’t help but reflect on the growing list of personal and professional accomplishments that the passionate young women I became friends with at Kent Place have achieved in what seems to be such a short time since we walked through the Daisy Chain on a gorgeous day in 2005.
 
“I went on to Princeton, worked for Teach for America, earned my master’s degree and then worked as a federal strategy consultant in Washington, D.C., before returning to Miami to attend law school. After I graduated and took the bar exam, I spent several weeks visiting some of my favorite places before transitioning back to Washington to work for a law firm. That point was the first time when I didn't have a paper, lesson plan, assignment, presentation or memorandum to work on. Rather than fill the void with additional activities, I embraced the silence and took the time to think about the turns my career had taken in the previous 10 years. That time for reflection provided two distinct benefits: it not only gave me an opportunity to celebrate how much I had grown and learned in a decade but also provided a moment for me to generate new and bigger dreams for the coming chapter of my life.
 
“As Kent Place alumnae, we live in an exciting time, and our stellar education has more than prepared us to seek out and rise to new challenges, in whatever field or avenue they may be. I’ve learned that it’s always beneficial to find a moment to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and, most important, dream about the future.”

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Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.