This past month I had the opportunity to go on Kairos 47. Before going, however, I had next to no idea what it was going to be like: Kairos is probably this school’s best-kept secret, and while it was definitely frustrating last year to not know what to expect or what crazy rumors to believe, it was definitely worth the wait.
I can’t really talk about what we did on Kairos, but I can say with certainty that if you’re debating on whether or not to go, GO. It was by far one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had in high school, which is saying something because the capacity for creating memories in high school is extremely high. A lot of people are cynical about Kairos in specific because no one knows what goes on there until you finally get to it, and this isn’t helped by the fact that the other retreats aren’t kept nearly as confidential as Kairos is, which objectively makes them less intriguing or interesting. But back to the main point, Kairos is a chance to get closer to people who you would have never thought you would talk to ever: I had a chance to connect with people who I have spoken less than three words to in the entirety of my time at SHP, and a chance to get to learn things about people that I talk to every day but don’t really know.
Overall, the Kairos experience was a fulfilling few days for me, and it was a great opening to make the connections that last far beyond high school that you never knew you could make. I can safely say that in thirty years, when I look back on the memories I made in high school, that Kairos will be amongst the most memorable. So if there’s one piece of advice I can offer for the juniors (you guys too, sophomores and freshmen), definitely take the opportunity and go on Kairos: you won’t regret it.