Damian has been enrolled in West River Academy since fifth grade and hasn’t let a day go by without learning something new or improving himself. Read excerpts from his Educational Biography and learn how the natural learning approach can transform a students’ entire perspective on life. We are so honored to have him graduate with the Class of 2021!
“As Nelson Mandela once said, I also believe that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Not only does it give you confidence and satisfaction, but it also allows your dreams to become a reality. You can contribute to a better world.
In my case, education has been a factor of extreme importance. I was raised differently and was given the possibility to do another kind of school, which I’m very grateful for. West River Academy has offered me a unique chance to find out who I am, what I’m really good at and act upon my talents. Ever since 5th grade, which is when I got transferred from my previous public school and enrolled at W.R.A., I kept learning things from a different perspective and my process of learning won’t end, as one’s educational journey throughout his life never ends. I loved learning under the trees, being able to breathe fresh air and synchronize with the nature. The freedom this school provides has allowed me to do everything with pleasure; from school tasks to planting flowers in the garden. I’ve dedicated all my spare time to reading books and studying about animals, plants or history. I’m not going to mention all the titles of the books I’ve read because I won’t be able to fit them all in these pages. A separate biography should be made, only to describe their uniqueness and incredible artistic style in which the author wrote them. Each one of them means a lot to me. They taught me how to improve myself and become a better person—for me and for society. Everything has a meaning to me. The unpleasant things or the uncomfortable situations that occasionally happen to us have always a meaning. There’s always something to learn from them and this is important for me. I’m improving myself by understanding the moral of the story. Learning from my mistakes or others’ is the key point of realizing my dream: to become a wise person and spread love—the most important of them all—among the people.
I don’t know how I would think and act if I had studied in a public school, but I most certainly know that by being homeschooled, I could analyze everything from all the viewing angles and enjoy life’s biggest gifts for us all, such as the surrounding nature. Above all of this, I had much more freedom. While others fight for their life, we complain about how hard life is. It is important to be grateful for what you have, no matter how few things you possess. I remember a book called Pollyanna, where the protagonist (Pollyanna herself) always plays “the glad game” to avoid feeling sad and unhappy. She would find joy even in the most ordinary things and turn the sad moments into something with a good meaning.
I didn’t like Math but it has a big importance, so learning it is unavoidable. It also develops your sense. Learning can be fun if you do it properly. I would even learn during family trips. That’s because I was eager to accumulate new information. You can always find one or more books in my backpack. So, I mix pleasure with utility. I don’t understand how watching documentaries is boring for some people. There are so many details, both mentally and visually pleasing.
Education has brought me self-acceptance and forgiveness because you need to have the power and courage to forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made, while also forgiving others. It takes courage, which is not easy. It does not happen overnight. On the contrary, it takes time.—sometimes too much. Now, you’re probably saying that we cannot afford the luxury of wasting time, but when dealing with such matters, pushing yourself too hard or rushing this process can be damaging to your health. So, what I would recommend to everyone is to take as much time as needed and be patient. I did well at all the school subjects. However, Physics and Math were not “my thing”. I found more joy in humanities, but I’ve put more effort into what I’m not so good at and gave myself time. This process of improving my “weak points” has taken a while, but it was definitely worth the wait.
I have many hobbies, but what I love to do most is take photos, read and travel. There is so much that can be shown and expressed through photography. This world has so many beauties, just waiting to be explored and captured on camera. You can visit historical places, find out new things about people’s customs and traditions and taste their food. Contemplate their art. Listen to their music and understand their sorrows.”
“I’m happy to share with you my educational journey and all the meaningful things in my life. I hope that my educational biography will touch your heart and put a smile on your face. I wrote it in a unique way and tried to provide as many details as possible. I leave here a piece of my heart. Reflecting upon my life and everything I did has made me realize once again, how much I love what I do. Passion is the key to success. Thank you for helping me become who I am today. You are very dear to me and I am sending you big hugs. The next step in my life will be to continue my studies at the university.
I want to become a professional writer and inspire others through my works and show them how beautiful life is, if you know how to live it. I want to make people love life and enjoy every nice moment they spend with each other. Teach their kids to be loving and forgiving and take care of our nature. We are the ones that can still fight for a better future.
When I do something, I always think about the next generation. How to do it better, to have a good impact upon them because the future will be in their hands. If they don’t learn from our mistakes, then the world will crash. I see many young people who are lost and searching for someone to inspire them. Maybe they did not have the chance I had. They are in pain. You can easily see that. They need to be encouraged and told that the chance for a better life is in their hands. They are important and the world needs them. Every moment of pain and fear is a test for them to pass, a lesson to learn from and use it for good purposes.”
“Life has so much to offer. You only need love, passion and the will to pursue your dreams. Basically, we have everything needed in order to do that. Sometimes, it takes a lot of hard work and sweat, but in the end, there’s nothing to be lost, only achieved. How nice it is to know that you are capable of doing anything good. It makes me want to fly. This world is like heaven. We are the ones that can destroy it or heal it. It’s a matter of choice whether we do one or the other. I choose to be on the good side and fight for freedom and happiness over sadness and pain. I am a free young man who enjoys life at its best and tries to help others do the same.”