I enjoy all phases of the school year for different reasons. My favorite part of the school day, however, is the morning. I enjoy watching students and teachers arrive at the start of the day. It gives me a feeling that anything is possible.
Mr. Nelson, my 12th grade Humanities teacher, connected our lives and our interests to some of the most amazing art, literature, and culture throughout world history. He taught us to think and dream BIG. He challenged us to never be bored and to approach every moment in life with curiosity. He inspired us to dream with passion and live with purpose.
On November 17, 2006, at the Point Theatre in Dublin, I watched Bruce Springsteen play a two-hour set with an American folk band. I was struck by the Irish fans’ appreciation for this uniquely American experience. I was even more struck by the country’s beauty and mystery.