Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Lessons in living

For the past two years, heading toward Commencement, I’ve asked alums to send us their best advice for the members of the graduating class, as students end their journeys at Wheaton and set off to find their way in the world.

We always receive great heartfelt advice. You’ll find it on page 4. But, as I was reading all the words of wisdom while working on this issue, it dawned on me that the entire summer Quarterly offers great advice from students, faculty and alums (some of it unspoken) and lessons in living and finding your path—even from those who, sadly, are no longer with us. In Memoriam is full of short stories about alums and friends who made the most of life in big as well as small ways. [Read more...]

Letter: Be prepared for anything

During the Boston Marathon, I was in the main medical tent when the bombs went off.

In an event like the marathon bombings, a person has two choices—get out of the way or help. I did not save any lives that day, nor did I even go near the critical patients—there were plenty of experienced professionals handling them. But I did step up and I did my best to help. [Read more...]

Coffee, wisdom and a free fleece?

During lunch, Darnell McGee ’11 gives a student advice about job interviews

Saturday morning, 9 a.m., 10 degrees.

On a morning like this, most people would want to be huddled under the covers, dreaming about the nice feta-and-spinach omelet they want for breakfast.

Not at Wheaton. Here, on this particular morning in January, the Haas Concourse & Lobby in Watson Fine Arts was packed, wall to wall, with students inhaling bagels, coffee cake, fruit and java. They were eagerly awaiting the opening address for Sophomore Symposium in Weber Theatre. Dozens of alums—some of them had driven from New York—also were on campus ready to share their wisdom and encouragement during a full day of programs designed to help sophomores map out the rest of their journey through Wheaton and into the future.

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Nothing but the best will do

Sketch books“Don’t you want to find out how good you can be?”

The question was posed this semester in the final seconds of a class taught by Professor Andrew Howard—the First-Year Seminar course “The Quality of the Mark: A Journey towards Self-awareness through Drawing.” I’m an artist and a constant seeker of “self,” so I took the course alongside the students this semester.

The class had just finished a critique of assigned homework, and a couple of students had asked him point-blank whether they should redo their drawings for the final portfolios that would be turned in at the end of the semester.

His initial answer: “I don’t know, what do you think?”  [Read more...]