Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Gaining perspective

My selfie with the Unity Project

My selfie with the Unity Project

Several years ago, I had the honor of auditing a drawing class here at Wheaton. One of the most difficult assignments for me, even as an artist, was the perspective drawing.

At its core, the assignment requires students to keenly focus on the details of the subject matter directly in front of them and draw things as they really are versus how they seem to be. The goal is to capture the multiple dimensions.

It takes an exhausting amount of concentration and work. During the assignment, I wanted to rely on what I already knew about the subject in front of me rather than taking so much time to truly look at it and see it. I remember thinking that it would be so much easier to just draw from the imagination. But would that reflect the reality of what was before me? Not likely. [Read more...]

Road trip

Selfie Winter 2017As editor of the magazine, I don’t get to go on many field trips. So it was such a joy to venture into Boston with our photographer Keith Nordstrom last summer to do a photo shoot at the New England Aquarium. He took lots of photos of Wheaton students Linnea Mayfield ’17 and Rebecca Smith ’17, who were deep into experiencing the working world during internships on a whaling boat and in human resources. I focused on the very important business of taking a selfie with the seal that greets visitors as they approach the entrance of the aquarium.

Many other students worked in interesting jobs around the country, exploring opportunities ranging from helping to register voters to drafting a plan to keep drinking water safe. They all had much better internships than I had when I was in college—one of mine involved getting up at 5 a.m. to walk down to the basement in my dorm (half asleep in pajamas) to flip on the switch to start the broadcast feed of the local NPR station and then stretching out across the control board for a quick nap while waiting for a radio station staff member to show up at a decent hour to take over.

In this issue, read about what our students learned and how their experiences will help them in the future. Also check out our alum experts providing advice about how you can kick off a healthy new year.

I think, therefore I am, right?

Statue-selfieWhen I was a college student, I majored in communication arts and political science. As part of the Jesuit school coursework, we had to take a philosophy course.

I vaguely remember feeling super-smart as I sat around with a group of friends in the dining hall on steak-and-potato night debating whether or not we exist, based on what we had studied in class that day. However, there was sour cream involved that evening; consequently, I was a bit distracted and don’t remember much else.

So I have deep admiration for those who major in philosophy and take on all of the challenging thought-provoking work that changes the lens through which we view life. Now I can see how majoring in the subject prepares you for just about anything in life, because that’s what our alums tell us and show us in the cover story of this issue. [Read more...]

Taking care of business

My selfie with “Louie”

My selfie with “Louie”

Anyone who knows me knows that I love taking selfies. Who doesn’t love holding that smartphone and taking as many shots as necessary to get that perfect, flattering angle and lighting?

So, of course, I was game when I walked into Fanautical, an apparel store, and saw the invitation from a fish called Louie. The four-foot-tall re-creation of the store’s logo stands near the entrance with a sign that asks customers to take a selfie with him, post it on social media and get a 15 percent discount.

The idea came courtesy of Wheaton students, who offered Fanautical owner June Wooding strategies to draw customers during their “Marketing” course, which is part of the college’s newest major, business and management.

Louie also doubles as a costume that can be worn to draw attention during events at the busy Foxboro, Mass., location, which is just steps from where the Patriots football team plays and a few miles from campus. [Read more...]