Trauma and Drama: The Alford Senior Advisees!

June 2, 2015

OVERHEARD IN THE DINING HALL: “Oh no, only one week left. What am I supposed to eat all summer?”

Greetings, Glog-faithful! We have reached the end of yet another year at the Academy. As I sit here, letting my thoughts out through the tried but true “Hunt & Peck” system of typing, I am watching my Spanish Two students take their final exam. They look so happy, don’t they?

Spanish 2, dot 6, "sufriendo un examen".

Spanish 2, dot 6, “sufriendo un examen”.

Except for Caleb. He just looks confused.

As has become tradition for me, I would like to dedicate this final GLOG post of the year to Andee’s and my graduating Senior advisees. I have changed their names in this post in order to protect the not-so-innocent. Let’s just call them “Posh” and “Jaige”.  Here they are:

"Jaige" (L) and "Posh" (R). Seniors, 2015!!

“Jaige” (L) and “Posh” (R). Seniors, 2015!!

These two young people have a lot in common, beyond the obvious good looks and highly intelligent choice of advisors. They both:

  • Earned their Ski Patrol jackets this year
  • Sang a lot. A lot. On stage and off.
  • Had principal roles in the spring musical this year, Grease!
  • Struggled at getting their math assignments done.
  • Participated in Polar Bears this spring
  • Were born and lived in New York City.
  • Have a lot to say. All the time.
  • Are truly stellar human beings and will be missed next year.

Given both of their participation in both theater and emergency medicine, we have dubbed them “Trauma” and “Drama.”

The only real, and quite debatable, question is which one is Trauma and which is Drama. Good arguments can and have been made either way.

I believe that the Advisor-Advisee relationship is, and should be, at the core of what we do as educators at Gould. I believe that, more than preparing young people for success in college, we are preparing young people to be positive, active, passionate, compassionate, engaged, interesting, interested human beings. Putting these almost-adults in close proximity to established adults who believe in and live through these qualities is what it’s really all about. Cultural and linguistic fluency is important, as is the critical thinking skills one hones in mathematics class. Becoming a valuable, connected, committed human being is more important to me.

What a gift to us, then, to be able to work with two Seniors that already live by these ideals. “Posh” and “Jaige”, we love you, we celebrate you, and we are so very proud of who you are!

Love,  Your advisors-for-life.


p.s. Graduation is at 10:30 on Saturday morning. Set your alarm and brush your teeth. And don’t be late.


2 Responses

  1. Avatar Dr. Don says:

    ‘Luv the “Trauma” and “Drama” idea (conceit?), BUT, while the traditional masks of the theater — the two muses, Comedy and Tragedy — would fit with that, these two grinning yokels, cavorting at the foot of Mount Washington, can’t keep a straight face!

  2. Avatar Molly Gartrell Earle '92 says:

    This post made me miss Gould (more than usual!), and think about my own advisor-advisee experiences there. I’ve been known to say (often) that “College was great, but in terms of formative or profound growing experiences, it didn’t hold a candle to the years I spent at Gould.” I mean that wholeheartedly, every time I say it. At the heart of that sentiment is the fact that I had rich, challenging, fulfilling, and sustained relationships with my advisor (Lorenzo P. Baker III) and advisor/advisee-type relationships with other Gould faculty, as well. I still look to these people, admire them, and strive to follow their examples as a 40-something mom of three!

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