Few communities have the opportunity to connect with its members like we can. Reflections are an important staple of school culture, serving as a moment of rest where students and teachers can learn more about themselves from the people they see every day.
However, students and faculty don’t always feel this way about every Reflection.
Fourth Former Will Levinstein said, “Reflections are very hit or miss. I feel as if I either leave thinking ‘that was a waste of time’ or ‘that was great’—there is no in between.”
Levinstein believes that the school should take more consideration into picking the Reflections that are given so that less powerful ones don’t bog down their significance to the community.
Some students see Reflections as an opportunity to see things from a different perspective.
“I think the Reflections allow the students to hear someone share their point of view and allows us to apply these scenarios to our own lives.”Julian Caesar ’23
“I think the Reflections allow the students to hear someone share their point of view and allows us to apply these scenarios to our own lives,” Third Former Julian Caesar said. “No matter if the Reflections are interesting or not we should all listen and pay a close mind to the information being shared to us and make [our] own lives better.”
The fascinating thing about reflections isn’t that five hundred boys can sit and listen intently to what one of their own has to say, but that they can resonate with any member of the community through their authenticity and personality.
Fourth Former Bowen Deng said, “You still have serious and personal reflections like Will Boyes or Chris Tstetkos talking about what his nationality means to him, but then you also have Mr. Ator talking about his experience as a bartender and what it means to be a guest at a restaurant, which I really enjoyed.”
Deng explained that he likes the informal and truly reflective feel of the year’s series.
“Overall, I guess I like the addition of more ‘relaxed’ reflections where the issues talked about aren’t really that serious or personal, where it’s just Mr. Ator getting his opinion out there based on his experience,” Deng said.