I remember those days of P.E. in middle and high school. To think, the last time I had physical education was in 10th grade, in 2010. Over 4 years ago.
Having to change into and out of those sneakers. Those P.E. clothes that, in retrospect, really made me self-conscious about my body image. Having to either shove my backpack into the already tiny locker or the coaches’ office. Oh, and the smell of masculinity in the locker rooms….oh dear…
And then the typical routine. Everyone standing on their chalked-out numbers out on the blacktop. The stretching, the running of laps, and then doing the sport-of-the-month, whether it be basketball, volleyball, tennis, volley tennis, football…
I still have the lock that I used for my P.E. locker. I now use the lock for my storage space in college. Hard to believe that thing’s been with me for so long.
Hello! I would be more than willing to share, yes! I’m a second-year (class of 2016 - a soon-to-be third-year starting this fall) at Antioch, and it’s been quite a journey since starting 2 years ago. Nothing else really is like it. But quite simply, if you don’t know, Antioch’s a small liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio (next to Dayton). We currently have less than 200 students, with at least 60 new students coming this fall as part of the class of 2018. To say we’re tiny would be no exaggeration! With such a small student body, you can imagine we have just as small a faculty body (less than 25 full-time faculty). And yet despite all of that, it’s a pretty tight-knit community. You get to know your peers really well as well as your faculty.
Important to note, also, is that Antioch is on the quarter system and runs year-round (so no summer breaks, sorry…). BUT, intertwined in the quarter system is our co-op program, in which students every few quarters go on a co-op job, taking on a full-time job for a whole term anywhere in the country or potentially the world. Co-op’s really tremendous because it’s a great time to learn both on the job and outside of it - simply learning how to survive in the real world for 3 months at a time.
And most importantly (at least for me, coming all the way from my native San Diego), what really attracted me to Antioch was the reopening, and the opportunity that students have to shape its direction. Here, students receive narrative evaluations from their faculty in addition to typical letter grades for a more personalized assessment of their learning. Plus, students get to actually serve on the various search committees for new faculty and staff. And our campus governance is not a traditional “student governance,” but community governance, emphasizing not only just student voices but also faculty and staff voices in addressing problems.
A very long-winded answer, but there’s certainly much more to talk about!
Antioch’s website is antiochcollege.org, and you’ll be able to find its 2014-2016 curriculum catalog and student handbook on there, but reaching out to us students really is the best way to find out more and I’m glad you did!
Me again. Busy, busy, busy.
Oh, and hey, it’s June! That time of the year that marks the end of another school year in the rest of the world, except here.
So quick news update on my life:
Normally, one might expect this to be the admissions-laced “Hey, you, prospective high school senior! You should apply for my College that you probably never heard of! It’s really small, and it’s 3 years into its reopening, and blah blah blah” type of outreach.
But ACTUALLY. This is a call for employees!
I never thought I, a student, would do this, but we do what we must because we can. My College, a small reopening liberal arts college that has big ambitions and plans but with many big challenges, is currently undergoing a lot of staff and faculty transitions. So if you know anyone who might be remotely interested in higher education and liberal arts and would be interested in coming out to Ohio, have them look into us!
Can we please stop pretending it is possible to live on minimum wage?
Only if we also stop pretending Andrew Jackson isn’t slowly getting closer and closer to crawling out of the money to get us…
If I ever have any regrets, my addition to this post will never be one of them.
I just got an email from the State Department’s HR office.
I’ve now been *officially* accepted for the State Department fall internship!
NOW the real fun begins! (The fun being the security clearance process….oh boy)
So, funny story.
There’s this book that I bought several years ago, before coming to Antioch, titled Contemporary Cases in U.S. Foreign Policy. It was a textbook I bought at a college bookstore back in California, just for fun-sies, and I brought it with me to Antioch. It’s been put to the side for a while…until recently, when I discovered that the book has an essay written by one of the professors at my school.
This particular professor, also, had joined the faculty last year. So for some time I was in possession of a book with the name of a future professor…
(WHO, by the by, is also now my major advisor - I officially declared political economy last month, which is pretty cool and all now that it’s on paper, but I really don’t see what all the fuss is about, the whole “I’VE DECLARED [such-and-such]”…I’ve been on the track since like day one, more or less…)
But all this time…I’ve had this book….
So I’ve been seeing lots of familiar faces again, getting re-adjusted to life on campus again, but there was one moment that really made my day today and ironically it wasn’t from any reunion, but from an encounter with a total stranger.
A nice, elderly lady and I crossed paths, and she asked if I was faculty. I explained I wasn’t, but she said that I definitely looked like one.
As mundane as that seems, that really made my day. For once, I’m not looked down upon as some ordinary young person. Which in a way I still am, but just for a brief moment…I really did feel like the adult I want to be.
Thank you. It warms my heart.