I loved the Shakespeare plays we put on with the entire class. While my peers in freshman year of high school struggled to unlock the iambic pentameter of Romeo and Juliet, I felt as if I’d already learned how to read and appreciate the great bard eons ago. I fell in love with a donkey as Queen Titania, I escaped to the woods with Lysander as Hermia, I courted the unattainable Bianca in Taming of the Shrew, I stabbed my best friend in the back as Brutus, and I aided the lovestruck Juliet as her nurse. After you have acted out one of Shakespeare’s great works, it becomes a part of you. I feel that way about FMS too. It became a part of me. From the teachers (i.e. Ms. Arlene) who plied me with hundreds of books to the trips to Catalina Island, FMS shaped how I saw the world and how I fit into it.