“I believe that the students at MEI are brought to a place where they can think for themselves in a state of maturity, so that when they leave they will remember a community where fellowship is rewarding, wisdom is encouraged, and loving others brings wellbeing.”
I started coming to MEI at the age of four. I do not remember kindergarten much, but I do remember that I did not have a lot to worry about. This continued throughout elementary school and into most of middle school. It was near the end of the middle school, the essential development years, that I really began to ask questions about life, love, belief and the purpose in those things. There I found myself in a place of vulnerability to the world and those around me, without really finding myself. Up until that time everyone had just always been nice and fluffy. This was the first time I was really getting a glimpse of the world. These were the times that the people and my peers around me proceeded to be involved with substance abuse and associated with things that were not appropriate. At this time I began to slide towards peer pressure, and into profanity. However, I also remember being inspired by the teachers at MEI. Devotional time in the morning was and still is my favorite time of the day. But…I could not let that be enough. I was on a journey to find the truth so I talked to teachers about things, life issues, dilemmas, hardships…..trying to get a better grasp on things.
Half way through Grade 11, I made an important decision to really try and work for, and towards, what I believed in. I have been a Christian my whole life, but what I learned and discussed in Ms. Booy’s class changed my life. My views on the group of people that I was spending time with changed. Ms. Booy aspired to be something more than just alive, and I took to that!
MEI does an amazing job of upholding a good, appropriate set of standards to the students, and provides excellent support and guidance throughout this time of decision making. The environment this school has created for its students (that is ultimately upheld by its students) is spectacular! Currently, I have become a representative of the student body. I am glad and proud to be a part of this class. I believe that the students at MEI are brought to a place where they can think for themselves in a state of maturity, so that when they leave they will remember a community where fellowship is rewarding, wisdom is encouraged, and loving others brings wellbeing.
Now… With what I have learned and what skills I have acquired I feel like I am ready for the world after high school. It’s a good thing that among being able to express myself to others respectfully, being able to love others and know what that means and looks like, exemplifying a good student (hopefully), deciphering between good and bad leadership, and being open minded about learning and experiences from myself and others,……….the world will just have to wait until the end of this school year.
MEI has been an excellent influence in my life and I am so privileged to be a part of it, but soon I will have my picture up on one of the countless grad class pictures up around the school. Then what matters is whether or not I remember what good things I have been taught. But, rest assured I feel confident that when the time comes for me to stand up on that final stage of graduation day………..and then off into real life…….the thirteen years on the MEI campus will be time that was well spent!