I love that we’re a school concerned with more than just college admissions and other worldly measures of success. We insist that students are more than their GPAs, their awards, and their win/loss records—each student is an individual with dignity, worthy of respect, and included in the Christian commandment to love God and neighbor.
I love helping students discover the Bhagavad Gita, one of the central scriptures of Hinduism. Their realization that an ancient text, a text from thousands of years ago and from the other side of the world, is concerned with the very same things we study today—right and wrong, duty, overcoming fear and self-doubt, love—gives them refreshing insight into their world. It’s a beautiful moment when a student looks into a very different tradition than she’s used to and can begin to see a reflection of herself.
I read Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy as a freshman in college, and decades later, it’s still among my favorite books. I reread it once a year to keep things in perspective. I try to live my life according to the idea that Fortune’s Wheel (i.e., fame, fortune, social position, etc.) is not in our control and that we should focus on the things of the mind and of the spirit.