Açı has changed so much in its first five years that I feel like the school I started in 2006 is not the school I’m graduating from in 2011. The change has been mostly positive. The school is now more crowded, more diverse and basically, more fun. But there is something I hope that never changes in this school: its spirit.
With us, it was easier to keep this spirit. We were only a handful of students, most of us were coming from the primary school and we had known Açı for years. Although it may be harder for those who came after us to appreciate the significance of the “spirit of Açı” (which, for me, is characterized by independence, honesty and individuality), never forget that this is what made Açı an extraordinary school.
If, as a graduating student, I could give you some advice for keeping this spirit, I would advise you to always look for difference and diversity. To always be active, courageous and competitive. And to always remember that, success isn’t sitting in your room and working for hours and hours to get high exam scores. Success is getting these scores while living your life.