Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

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.

Letters to the editor

Article inspires reflection on life

I’m moved to write because of the thoughts and memories stirred up by the article “The big question: What can you do with a philosophy degree?” in the fall issue of the magazine.

While I don’t remember the name of the man who taught “Philosophy and Logic” (1950–1954), I do recall the incredible excitement I felt during his classes and in conversations during, after and between classes.

Until I read this article, however, I had never reflected on the impact being a philosophy major has had on my life. (How quickly marriage and children took precedence in the ’50s.)

There are habits and skills I learned as a philosophy major at Wheaton that I’ve drawn on whether I was raising children, working in various jobs, being married (and not being married), and, in a final and most important sense, facing aging.

When I graduated—and became engaged to marry soon after—I recall my dad saying, “now what?” He was disappointed that I hadn’t prepared to earn a living teaching or something else. I wish he were still around to see the article.

Better than any of what he wanted for me, I had been prepared to live a full and rich life. Prepared to keep learning; to think for myself; to recognize opportunities when they arose; to discuss and argue cogently; to read for the richness of the experience and the joy of it; and to be resilient through whatever life brought to me.

And at 83, I’m still doing it.

Thanks again for a fabulous article—and thanks to all the young people who shared their thoughts and experiences.

—Anita Bunis Goldstein ’54

Good question [Read more...]

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...]