Weekend Wisdom

Sara Boyce ’88

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“Have the confidence to explore.”
“It was 1980: the year in which Ronald Reagan took office, John Lennon was shot, the Post-it Note made its debut— and I entered fifth grade at Kent Place. With nervous excitement, I reluctantly left my childhood crush with the bowl cut and the sparkle in his eye. My friend Jenny and I started together, and aside from extending our walk to school by one block, the transition was seamless.
 
“Over the years, our skills were brought to light, developed, and strengthened. I built a base of knowledge, learned to write, and was surrounded by teachers who consistently demanded the best from me. In turn, they gave everything they had: Mrs. Jacobus sweetened early-morning AP History classes with Dunkin’ Donuts and Jane Fonda aerobics, all before school started. Dr. Cole, Mrs. Faber, Mrs. Britton, Mrs. Wang, Mrs. Dillon — each had a no-nonsense, strict (but supportive) approach to learning. These teachers pulled things out of us we that we didn’t know were inside.
 
“KPS created an environment where girls were encouraged to question and be heard. The result was confidence: When I arrived at Colgate, I was one of the few women to speak in the large introduction classes. It simply didn’t occur to me not to raise my hand to ask questions.
 
“What I didn’t realize then was how many ways there are to explore and grow that aren’t just academic. Kent Place provided opportunities to learn about commitment and effort, build relationships, and explore leadership. Senior year, I was co-president of Community Service. I created events to excite and engage people to give back. Never in all those ‘Assembly’ meetings did I realize that this wasn’t just an extracurricular activity; it was the beginnings of how I would spend my professional life. 30 years later, I continue to be a community builder and my business allows me to plan and create interesting events for corporate retreats, family, and group events.
 
“At my KPS 30th reunion, I was overwhelmed with pride at my classmates, what they’ve achieved, and how they’ve become more of themselves. The perspective and wisdom born of distance and time helped me understand how Kent Place shaped and supported me to become who I am.”

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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.