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Alaysha Encounters the Present With Nostalgia Visiting Her Alma Mater
I would never have imagined that one day I would be working as in intern in the RMC office, just a few blocks away from my old academy. Looking back, I vividly remember walking up the ramp ready to receive my diploma. I glanced around trying to savor the memory that I, along with 13 of my classmates, would be the last to graduate within these gym walls. My tassel was moved from one side to the other as I stood with a big smile on my face. I took a glimpse of the gleaming faces in the audience, wondering if this moment was as bittersweet for them as it was for me.
In the fall of 2015, Mile High Adventist Academy moved from its original location on Yale (built in 1949) to a new facility.
I tried to imagine the impact this move would have on past and present students, as they too were leaving behind a place that held so many fond memories.
While I wouldn’t be attending the new school, I had mixed emotions. I recall being upset as I heard the news, knowing I would never get the chance to experience walking those halls as an alumni. I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that when the school moved from one location to another, my memories somehow would leave me as well.
On the other hand, I know that when God allows something major to happen, His plan is far greater than my understanding. The new school would have greater opportunities for current and future students. It would provide “bigger classrooms, a whole wing for the Upper School, a dedicated arts and music area and play spaces for all ages,” writes Agape Hammond in the school’s blog.
Visiting three years later I found this to be true. The school is airy and bright, technology is updated, classrooms cater to all different learning styles and abilities, and the view of the mountains is amazing. Yet, it is not the building that made the difference in the end. When my parents sent me to Mile High Academy to receive an Adventist education, I was given a solid foundation to stand on. The community within the school taught me values that have helped me contribute to the society.
While I was hesitant about the move, God took the opportunity to teach me a lesson, helping me see that sometimes He takes us places that we may not understand. While we want to remain stuck in our comfort zones, God is pushing us to take a leap of faith. Once we do, we can grasp the beauty of the plans He has for each one of us.
As my visit neared its end, I realized the impact Mile High Academy had left on me during my eight years there, not the result of the building I went to school in, but because of the staff, the teachers, the students, and the Adventist education I received. This has made my journey in life worthwhile.
--Alaysha Harris; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski