One doesn’t even need to ask and help will always be given

All of a sudden, we find ourselves in mid-October. Admissions Counselors are busy visiting schools all over the country. Alumni are representing St. John’s at local college fairs. The leaves are turning gem like colors. The evenings are becoming crisp, all while our students are settling into their books, into their studies, into the deep, nurturing community of our college.

 

fall_tree

As I was walking to the coffee shop yesterday, one of the blackboards  caught my attention.  First, it was covered, completely covered. Then I stepped forward to take a closer look and I saw that it was a series of posting from various student assistants, French, Writing, Ancient Greek, Math, etc. with offers of help.

pathway-to-gi

It made me reflect for a moment on the zeitgeist of our St. John’s community.  Shared learning. Continual learning. We establish formal and informal structures to foster a kind of intellectual interdependence on the one another.  The faculty, the students need one another to examine and understand the concepts at hand; whether in a freshman biology laboratory or a senior mathematics tutorial, or on the grassy knoll, students and faculty alike, lean on one another for assistance.  This shared inquiry is the at  the heart of what we do.   The whole four-year all-required curriculum thrives because we are expected to help each other.

grassyknoll

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s