Failure Unifies Us and Should Be Celebrated as Part of Learning | Wyatt Turner | 3 Min Read

May 17, 2023

My experience at Vermont Academy (V.A.) has been primarily focused on connection. I wasn’t thriving in my previous academic environment, and connections with my teachers and peers here have brought a sense of belonging. As an athlete, musician, and student, it means a lot to be able to find a rhythm with all of these people and to have a network of support behind whatever I do. 

I consider myself predominantly a reflective learner, and as a result, I’ve fit right in here at V.A. It’s important for me to be broadening my definition of self-awareness, and the school is a place where it feels safe to do so. Examining past actions can feel daunting, as the newer version of myself can feel a sense of regret when looking at a less experienced version. That regret, though, is completely superfluous, because as a student, it’s more or less guaranteed that I am going to end up missing some sort of opportunity. In my experience as a student musician, performances often end up feeling like the pinnacle of hard work, so when you fumble, whether small or big, it feels like it detracts from the value of…

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