We all did our best toConnect, Converse and Catch-upduring the strangest of years. Thankfully we had social-media, other digital options and the good old-fashion phone to reach out to family, friends and acquaintances. For me, it was a pleasurable part of each week to correspond with former students and view a snapshot of their challenges, decisions, and accomplishments.
Now that summer is here, it’s time to take a step away from the screen, use the computer in your pocket a little less, and step outside or onto a pub patio. If you are privileged to live where you can gather and meet, and you are invited – say yes! It’s time to interact in person. Zoom away from “Zoom” as fast as you can for the BBQ season.
I want to thank the small sample-size of former students that I featured this year. You represented all of your peers who are striving to live well in the frenetic and fascinating 21stCentury. I am blessed that I could cover a different Alum each week, for the rest of my life, and never run out of interesting stories.
Pilots, social-activists, artists, business-owners, builders, educators, machine operators, academics and parents were all covered this term. The School is proud of you and the devotion you have brought to your families and professions.
I wish everyone a great summer and encourage you toconnect, converse and catch-upwith friends. One thing we can all do is remember that the pandemic hit some people harder than others. Keep local small businesses in mind when we open-up. If you are fortunate enough to be a buyer, keep these people in mind as an option. Many of our friends and classmates may need a boost to get off the ground at a key time, just as Jeff Bezos is focused on his own launch into orbit, we can help them locally.