Weekend Wisdom

Erika Amato ’87

16
“Be true to who you are.”
“Throughout your education, life, and career you’re bound to be influenced by all kinds of people: ones you know (family, friends, teachers, colleagues) and ones you've never even met (actors, musicians, politicians, pop stars). Although it’s a wonderful thing to be inspired by individuals you admire, it’s imperative to find your own voice – and to stay true to it. It may take a while, so don’t worry if you haven’t discovered that voice yet, but keep asking yourself what it may sound like. 
 
“To that end, as you explore all your opportunities, don’t just follow the crowd – go where your own interests lead you. Challenge yourself. Take some ‘difficult’ classes. Work hard, but make sure you also study subjects and participate in extracurricular activities that really interest you and are fun. And don’t worry about what other people think of you. Seriously.
 
“One of the many advantages of Kent Place (and single-sex education in general) is being able to express yourself without the inhibitions and self-consciousness you might feel in the presence of boys and young men. It allows for the full and unfettered development and expression of who a girl or young woman really is. The emphasis KPS places on individuality, critical thinking, and intellectual rigor played a crucial role in my success at college and in the world at large.”

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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.