Personal Narrative: The Gunnery

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Ms. Schomers arrived at The Gunnery as a first year teacher just a little over a month ago. In that period, however she has already started to make a difference among her students, rowers and even other faculty members. As describe by Mr. Miller, Gunnery´s head of academics, “She is extremely passionate”. You only need one conversation with her to understand how big her passion for teaching, for coaching and simply for life is. Ms. Schemers has already started to make a mark in the lives of her students. We are lucky enough to have her as our English teacher for this year. Yes, her class is definitely challenging, but at the end of the day our intake of the subject makes it worth it. As we were given a task to interview a new faculty member, …show more content…
Schomers life. This place was what introduced her to her biggest passion: Crew. We asked her how she ended up rowing. “It actually was a funny story. Every year I tried to join a new club just to try something different. I even did Rugby. The crew team was actually the only that called me back so I guess it was meant to be.” She pointed out how she was genetically built to be a rower. Nothing could had prepared her for her first experience with the erg. She calls that day intense and throws in that it was an experience she will never forget. Surprisingly enough we learned that she had never been much of an athlete. For most of her life she had only been a part of the orchestra and also played multiple different instruments. Those first weeks of crew also taught her the power of effort. Out of the 100 girls that initially had tried out only 20 had made the team. Those weren't the best rowers but they were those that had worked hard enough and made it after tryouts. Effort decided if you made the team. No exceptions. That is why she is a huge supporter of the Academic Merit System of The Gunnery. Two months after, her team headed to their first regatta, “The Head of The Iowa”. She was able to earn her first medal on this day. Her life at Iowa was coming to an end. After her first year at school she took the decision to transfer to Trinity. Sadly she was only be able to row for a short year. Being a senior and a spinal …show more content…
Schomers life. Not only was she able to acquire her masters but also became the Women´s Assitent coach for the rowing team. She explains her time at the school as extremely rigorous. Her days would start at 5:30 in the morning and would go up to 9:30 in the evening when she would finish her evening classes. She continued by adding “I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. There were days I would have to start at 2:00 in the morning and I would have to life all of my Homework for the week for Sunday. My only day off”. We were intrigued to hear about a story we had heard about a few days prior. We asked her then if I was true she had read all of Harry Potter to connect with a potential recruit. She confirmed the story and added that It was actually one of the two times she had cried over a book. After finishing her studies at Trinity she took the decision to start looking for a job that would involve both of her passions: Crew and Teaching. After many interviews and multiple applications filled she accepted a job at Blair Academy, a boarding school in New Jersey. Her goal for this years was to figure out what direction she wanted her life to go. Her love for Blair is couldn't be more clear “I fell in love with everything about it. The teachers, the students and the environment.”. At this point she had made up the direction she wanted her life to go

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