My name is Amelia Froom, and I’m a graduate of 1994. I had gotten kicked out of the school I attended from pre-school up to the 10th grade. That school was the only school I was familiar with; I was scared and didn’t know what I would do. I searched many schools and none of them fit what I needed, and I certainly did not want to attend my “zone” school. Someone I knew who attended York Prep suggested I try to apply. I did and was accepted with open arms.
I always struggled in school. I admit, I was the “rebel” in my old school. I got horrible grades and basically gave up after a while. I tried to approach my teachers for help, but they basically laughed in my face, so my retaliation was to be bad. When I was accepted at York, I was still in the rebel stage. I was still determined to be that rebel. The teachers at York actually cared and wanted to help. My grades went from D’s and F’s to B’s and C’s. My temper settled down, and I realized I could actually approach teachers and receive the kindness and help I needed.
I felt comfortable and at home at York. Even the kids were like me and we clicked—unlike the students at my old school who were brought up to think that if you didn’t get straight A’s, you were not worthy. At York, I wasn’t looked at with sneers; I wasn’t feared. I was a student, a human, a person.
My first year at York, a terrible incident happened to me on the train, an incident all women fear. I was scared to tell anyone or even to surface out of my house. To my surprise, all the teachers took me in with compassion and helped me through a tremendously horrible phase in my life.
I never thought I would amount to anything in life because of what I had been through and what I was feeling. I knew I was smart, and I knew I had it in me to be anything I wanted. York helped me with that. I was accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges in the United States. I was given confidence and goals to accomplish.
At this time in my life, I am a partner in a lighting design firm. I have been a college graduate for six years now with a degree in Art and Advertising. I am engaged to be married, and I am well on my way to what I have always strived for.
I know that it all comes down to you and whether you want to succeed, but the faculty at York pushed me to get there. Thank you.
And a special thanks to a Mr. Ronald Klein, who was one of my favorite teachers. The year after I graduated, he passed away. He will always remain in my heart, as he is one of the main teachers who opened his arms to a troubled kid and took the time to care. God rest your soul, Mr. Klein.
Thank you for allowing me to express my memories of York and never letting me down. York Preparatory School will always be part of my heart.
–Amelia Froom (soon to be Mrs. Lagares)