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...]

Letter: A page-turner

Hello from a 1980 alum.

17-Winter-CoverI wanted to let you all know that the latest winter issue of the Quarterly with the “Diving in” cover story was a big hit.

Highlighting the arts was a great way to get me to read the magazine cover-to-cover, not only because I am an artist, but also because Wheaton students and grads are on amazing academic adventures from the advantages that a supportive college environment provides.

I was impressed by the breadth of artistic variety available in the Wheaton curriculum—from singing and graphic design to moviemaking and stage production. I love the diversity and the way students are applying their creative talents in society and the world.

I also loved reading about where students are going with their biology internships, as well as the remarkable story about Abe [Ziner] Class of ’17.

The issue was a real page-turner for me, so great job Quarterly staff, writers and reporters for your great coverage of student life on and off campus.

—Virginia Hodgman Davison ’80

 

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...]