by Dr. Cat Zusky, Director of Student Life and Service Learning, Upper School
A well-told story can change your entire perspective on a person, idea, or situation. During Tuesday's Community Time, the Upper School community had the opportunity to hear five beautifully told stories from faculty and students. Storytellers were asked to meditate on a turning point or "hinge" in their lives; seniors Alaman D. and Ayaana D., as well as faculty members Stacey Siegel, Susan Katz, and Ryan Boccuzzi, told stories of their own choosing to illustrate an experience of profound change. Students and faculty responded with great emotion; of the event, one Junior said, "The assembly opened my eyes to a lot of things that I miss in my daily life...I feel as though I've had a more positive outlook on life in the few days that have followed the assembly, and I loved how whole and together our community felt during the several stories." Though the premise was simple, its impact was substantial. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to truly listen to each other more often.