One of the best parts of the experience at Shortridge was the community we built. No
matter how many or little students showed up to the after-school program, everyone seemed to
be comfortable sharing their pieces and thoughts which made the time spent there very
enjoyable. Not only was it a safe space for any topic, but every student encouraged each other to
read and supported whatever piece they decided to share. Even knowing that this would happen
for me, I was hesitant to get up in front of everyone and read, but I did and I am really happy that
I got up the nerve to do it.
The end of the semester came too quick for me and I am saddened to think about not
going back to the school every week. I really enjoyed becoming apart of the family-like
community at Shortridge, and I am really excited to see how I am able to impact Shortridge from
different aspects of my life and how Shortridge will impact me. Not only did I make many great high school friends, but I also made lots of friendships within the Butler group that I may never have crossed
paths with had I not taken the course.
I think the people I met throughout the semester will impact my future greatly both in
helping workshop my writing and also inspiring me to be a better person. The people I have
surrounded myself with from this semester I feel have shaped me into a better person, mentor,
and friend and I cannot wait to see what else we can get ourselves into. If the group of goons we
are can make it through mentoring high schoolers and having a grand time doing it, I think we
will be able to take on anything.
Melinda Peterson is a sophomore English major.