Middle school sucked. The thought of moving on from axe-bombs to senior prank couldn’t come sooner. I was ecstatic when freshman year finally arrived because I knew change was coming, but I never expected how large that change would impact not only my life, but many other lives. USY, I can most positively say, was my change for the better. High school is rough; it’s a survival of the fittest, but with USY you never have to be alone. I quickly became the baby in my new found family, something I definitely wasn’t used to. I soon realized that it wasn’t the lounge nights, events, or the conventions that made me fall in love with such a unique youth group, it was the people. I had shoulders to cry on, experienced advice givers, road trip buddies, big brothers and sisters, and friends that I knew I would keep with me forever. As I became older and gained more experience, I found that I was soon becoming a big sister to younger kids, something I relied on so much through high school. The compassion and affection that I see through the hugs, tears, and triumphs CRUSY shares creates enough love to spread throughout the entire world. Looking back on my high school experience, I know I would not be the strong independent, hard working, Jewish teenager that I am today without my family; CRUSY.
Class of 2013