Nearly 16 years post-graduation, I find myself working at my alma mater. Though, some days it’s easy to forget that I am sitting just steps away from so much adolescent energy. Because I am in a non-teaching role, days often go by without interaction with our current student body – this makes connecting in unique and meaningful ways very difficult. In my first few months on the job I observed a few classes, staffed sporting events, provided carpool for three service learning field trips, sat on panels for two final presentation sessions, volunteered to staff a Minicourse, and worked with the senior class to prepare care packages for the class above them. Despite these efforts, I don’t doubt that my role as the “weird lady in the back of the room” is intact as far as the students are concerned.
And so, I embark on an adventure in which I will return to the classroom and re-take “20th Century American Novel” with Marin Academy upperclassmen. While a bit crazy, this promises to be a wonderful experiment! I plan to attend all classes (8am?!?), complete all assignments, and participate as is appropriate for someone who already holds a high school diploma. We’ll begin with William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, then go to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and end with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
In addition to my own blogging, I hope to highlight others’ perspectives – that of my teacher, alumni voices on the books we are reading, or the musings of the students in my class.
MA alumni – I hope this blog takes you on a journey back into the classroom and reawaken an intellectual connection to the school in an interesting and engaging way.