This interview originally appeared in 2008 in “VII Questions for Alumni,” a column in the Alumni Newsletter that gives us a peak at life after, but not without, C&C.
When you think of C&C, what is the first thing that pops into your mind?
Just now I have a very clear memory of making the relief map of Greece in the 12s with a sawdust/plaster mixture. We were all wearing garbage bags and it got everywhere!
What was your favorite job at C&C?
I got really into the study of printing and all of the history behind it. It used to be a profitable business – there were record books full of orders for everything from invitations to business stationary. There were also trays and trays of different types of varying styles and sizes.
How did your experience at C&C prepare you for high school?
High school seemed like a step backwards. I’m still not writing the sort of papers I was at C&C. It came as a shock to me that, “But I’m really interested!” was not considered a reasonable cause for an extension.
What does it mean to you to be a lifelong learner?
I will always associate learning with fun and interest: an enjoyable process. As a result, if anything sparks my interest I’ll go read a book about it and go through the phases of finding out whatever I can.
Describe something that you recently “learned by doing.”
We don’t do much “hands on” at my school, but I did have to sand down my entire Design Technology (Shop) piece, as I had varnished over the joints and the glue didn’t hold.
How does C&C touch your everyday life?
C&C let me explore topics and find something of personal interest; I always wanted to find out more about my newfound fascination and as a result became my biggest critic. With a high school curriculum based on teaching to the test it is important to me that I never write anything that is just what the teacher wants to hear, and that work always leads me to learn something new. After all, learning is a life long pursuit.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself probably still being at a university, as I am thinking of medical research or nuclear engineering.