Luke M.

I graduated from Imago in 2008 and went next to Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, transitioning from a class of 12 and a school of less than 100, to a class of 360 and a school of 1400. Parts of this were hard but in all I liked the contrast of the two schools and can look back happily both at how Imago prepared me and how public school went. I was involved in the literary magazine and several art clubs and senior year won the English Department award. I can attribute this largely to Imago, as this is where I think Imago helped me the most academically: writing in a critical and clear way, with attention to economy and grammar, for both English classes and historical analysis.

I graduated in 2012 and took two gaps years. Half of that time I spent working for Starbucks, and with the money I saved I spent the other half in Europe, traveling to the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, England, and Italy. While in the Netherlands I worked for Dutch branch of the international shelter/study center L’Abri (Miss Ward and Miss Dey both have spent time at the Swiss L’Abri near Lausanne.)

Presently I’m a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies, and am in the midst of learning Arabic and tackling a good look at Middle Eastern history. I hope to study abroad in Morocco and Jordan within the next two years. The love of language and history that Imago fostered so well is still with me, it seems, and taking on new and interesting forms.

Even beyond academics, however, in looking back at Imago the thing that stands out the clearest is how the school understands its students—not as potential adults or canvasses on which to replicate an agenda—but thinking individuals with whom to share, discuss, and enjoy life. The teachers and administration at Imago work hard to understand all the children who come through while also giving the children space to be and understand themselves. I was held responsible for my words and thoughts, even while being allowed to draw and knit in class. Because I was shown understanding when I was a child, I understand and enjoy taking care and being a friend to children, which also helps me to understand people in general across other ages, cultures, and differences. Imago meant a lot as a school, but also as a community, and because of that it makes me glad to see my neighbors’ kids Ellie and Abby Keyes there and enjoying it, and I am excited to see them go through Imago just like I did.