Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Summer Internships

Diving in

Interns deepen knowledge through experience 

Biology major Linnea Mayfield ’17 found herself on a whaling boat in Boston engaged in marine mammal education and research; political science and women’s and gender studies double major Janaira Ramirez ’18 was in the thick of it in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention, helping to mobilize Latino voters; and strategic geography major Abraham “Abe” Ziner ’17 took on major responsibilities in Washington, D.C., as an intern at a consulting firm, including delivering a briefing on current trends in the Middle East to colleagues, a former secretary of defense, and a handful of U.S. ambassadors and generals. Summer 2016 was a busy one for Wheaton students who stepped out of comfort zones and immersed themselves in learning opportunities that will enhance their educational experience at Wheaton and prepare them for careers in their fields of interest. Here are just a few. Read more at wheatoncollege.edu/news/exploring-opportunity. [Read more...]

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

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Welcome, Class of 2020!

2020_0118127No pressure, Class of 2020, but you made history even before you set foot on campus. So, we’re expecting amazingly interesting things from you. You were selected from a record number of applicants—4,478. You are the largest incoming first-year class in history, at 530 students, with the largest number of international students in an entering class. And you have the highest high school GPA for an incoming class. Welcome, indeed. [Read more...]

Welcome, new tenure-track faculty

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