Lucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 600 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (6 years 12 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6193 times:
The Toronto French School, class of '87 - a french immersion private school with an emphasis on the arts & humanities. I was the middle-class kid from across town, surrounded by snooty rich kids who got nose jobs & mercedes for their 16th birthdays - that's why I'm an artist & they're all suits. Being bilingual has always been an asset, though.
It's a small, independent private school located in southwest Fort Wayne, IN, near FWA. It's a pre-K through grade 12 school; I attended 9th-12th grades.
It has very high, rigorous academic standards, and is well known for that. Over 90% of graduates go on to top colleges. When I graduated, I went on to Purdue University (and now attend King's College London, England).
Even more important, it's a school with a family atmosphere. Of all the public and private schools I attended, Canterbury was the ONLY one that accepted me as the person I am, despite my craniofacial anomalies and disabilities. (A stark contrast from my previous schools, where I was abused, rejected, and even threatened physically). I graduated with honors from there, and was well-loved by everyone there. Sometimes, when I'm home from England (a rare event now!), I go back and visit.
I had many opportunities while there. As a pianist, I played in their jazz band, and placed 1st in the ISSMA music solo contests. I began traveling worldwide while attending Canterbury. I made my first ever overseas trip--as a graduation present! I flew TWA to Spain and took a school tour of Spain. My most memorable experience was in my senior year, serving the required internship of my choice. For my mini-internship, I shadowed the very same physicians in the craniofacial clinic at James W. Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, IN, who had treated me surgically for my facial anomalies!
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)