Humans of Northwood: Hadley Swedlund ‘20

Throughout much of my childhood, I was convinced that I was Hannah Montana. But acting and singing weren’t for me.

Apart from the overly long winters, I enjoyed pretty much everything about Northwood. My Northwood experience has been amazing. It’s been life-changing. And I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I was given. I was able to meet people from all over the world and make unbreakable bonds. I will never forget the relationships I made with teammates, coaches, and faculty. The past three years have been unforgettable. I did miss my family and my dog Gus a lot when I was at school, but my transition from Rock Springs, Wyoming to Lake Placid was easy. Before Northwood, I went to a regular public high school where teachers did not care as much as the faculty at Northwood do. At Northwood, teachers always find time to help students.

I’ve always known leaving Northwood would be hard. But it’s been especially hard now that the end has come a bit sooner. I already miss being with my friends, Coach Gilligan, and Coach Getz every day. Northwood is my home away from home, and I’ll never forget the feeling I had being with the community.

Soon, I’ll be attending Suffolk University to further my education and hockey career. Northwood has set me up for this next step because I’ve been taught so many things on and off the ice throughout my three years.

– As told to Aimee Headland

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