Solitary confinement. It has to be one of the worst punishments, even for hardened criminals. There is even a movement right now to reduce or eradicate it from our prison system because of its terrible effects. Regardless of your background, we each need people around us to spur us on, encourage us, and sometimes even keep us sane.
Late in August before the start of my sophomore year in high school, my father drove me from our summer home in La Malbaie, Quebec, to the manicured campus of the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT. I was attending the All-Star Soccer School, run by the then Yale University men's soccer coach, Hubert Vogelsinger.