Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Be happy.

Emily Clement 019Emily Clement ’97

Clement’s five questions to answer to find what makes you happy:

  1. “If you had a magic wand, what would your life look and feel like? Think beyond your current conditions and circumstances.”
  2. “Are your values aligned with where you spend your time and money? Define your core values, and then look at your bank or credit card statement. Perhaps you want to make adjustments.”
  3. “What scares you? We tend to become stagnant because of fear or our sense of deserving. Name and befriend your fears. Lean into your fear and watch your comfort zone expand naturally.”
  4. “Do you want love, affection and attention? Give away freely what you desire for yourself. Give it freely, and without expectation, to those around you.”
  5. “How do you spend your spare time? Spend quality time in silence. Prayer is talking to God, while meditation is listening. If that’s not your jam, then spend quiet time in nature. Answers arrive in silence.”

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Kindness rocks

Community Service Council commits not-so-random acts

The Kindness Rocks Project (above) is outside of the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library; the wooden plaque reads: “Take one if it means something to you. Share one with a friend in need of inspiration or add one to the pile. It’s all about kindness.”

The Kindness Rocks Project (above) is outside of the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library; the wooden plaque reads: “Take one if it means something to you. Share one with a friend in need of inspiration or add one to the pile. It’s all about kindness.”

There are many ways to reach out and help. The members of Wheaton’s Community Service Council are seeking out those opportunities, creating their own and encouraging others to do the same.

One of the council’s recent initiatives is a rock garden near the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library, where the group is cultivating kindness.

The kindness rock garden, beneath a tree, includes a sign instructing those who approach to take one of the rocks, which all have encouraging words painted on them, and give it to someone for inspiration, or bring a rock and leave it for others to share. At Fall Fest in October, the council supplied paint and rocks for the campus community to create rocks to contribute.

“The Kindness Rocks Project was started by a woman on Cape Cod, with a goal of spreading inspiration and motivation to unsuspecting recipients,” said Keaton Schrank ’19, service council president. “There are now kindness rock gardens all over the world. When I ran across this project online, I knew that we had to join in on the movement. So we got our club members to paint rocks at one of our weekly meetings and created a garden here on campus.”

“We were looking to spread kindness and positivity within the Wheaton community in a new kind of way,” she said. “If even one person finds joy from this project or is inspired to complete their own random act of kindness, then we consider it a success.” [Read more...]

A minute with… Emma-Kate Metsker ’17

Emma-Kate Metsker, ’17Emma-Kate Metsker, a busy business and management and studio art double major, encourages creativity both on campus and off in varied ways. She works as a student graphic designer with the college arts events staff, is a barista at the Lyons Den, is involved with the Outdoors Club and Farm Club, and serves as chair of the Student Government Association’s Programming Council. As president of the House of the Living Arts, in October she planned and coordinated with her housemates a leaf-printmaking art day at Head Start in Norton, Mass., which engaged young children in creative expression. Drawing on community: “This particular theme house is an incredible space for creatives to live together and sustain our individual artistic practices. It is important as an artist to live with other makers in a supportive space that is designed to encourage collaboration and artistic growth. Members use the house as a platform for programs that seek to offer ways to be a part of Wheaton’s art culture.” Making an impression: “We wanted to do this leaf-printing project because we all are enthusiastic about the arts and felt that it would be a great opportunity to share our ideas and efforts with the young students. I think this program benefited the students of Head Start by showing them how they can use their creative abilities to have fun and thrive in the arts. As Wheaton students, it is so exciting to connect with the children and foster a space for creativity that allows them to explore different processes and manifest abstract ideas.” Creating a foundation: “All of my studio art classes have helped me to learn and expand my artistic capability—especially my graphic design, photography and sculpture courses, where I have had the opportunity to explore new and exciting materials. I have also gained inspiration from courses that I took abroad in Copenhagen.” Picturing the future: “I chose to double major in business and management and studio art because I enjoy graphic design and marketing, and want to learn how to successfully work and promote myself as an artist. I hope to have a creative position that uses all of my skills.”

Cue the applause

Student’s documentary shown at film festival

James Baker ’06Eleanor Levine’s documentary The Hidden Harpist was selected from hundreds of submissions from around the world to be included in the 2016 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival.

The Wheaton junior’s film was one of 25 shown on Sept. 18, 2016, at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, in Newburyport, Mass.

“It was my first film festival experience—I’d never even been to one before this,” said Levine, a film and new media studies major. “It was very strange and new but so amazing, and I got to connect with some filmmakers throughout the weekend, and see some incredibly moving documentaries. I’m so glad I applied.” [Read more...]