Humans of Northwood: Courtney Fairchild ‘20

I have colorful hair, I play guitar, and I cook a mean eggs benedict.

I first came to Northwood with big dreams of being a hockey star and of going D1 in college and maybe even to the Olympics. I wanted to be super popular with lots of friends and a cute boyfriend. Boy, have I learned a lot since then. I figured out pretty quickly that I’m not the best goaltender. But I also figured out that I really love the athleticism and comradery of a team. I failed chemistry, but I got a 5 on the AP Bio test and realized my desire to study medicine. Though I never did end up with a huge group of friends or a cute boyfriend, the people I did befriend stuck with me for four years and became as close as family. And I did manage to score a cute girlfriend.

My point is, even though absolutely nothing went how I wanted it to, but I wouldn’t change a single thing. That’s what’s special about Northwood—it’s chaotic and at times extremely difficult, but you’re guaranteed to come out the other side stronger. When I first applied to high schools, most of them rejected me. Now, I’ve got an NROTC scholarship to Cornell. How cool is that? I never would have had that opportunity if not for Northwood and the changes and realizations I had there. I’m graduating online with a big smile on my face and a mailed diploma, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Peace out, class of 2020. We did it.

– As told to Miranda Bookman ‘20

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