Who better to ask than those fearless, faithful, fanciful, fun and fantastic folks who have done it before! Here are a few thoughts from some of our fabulous former counselors:
We were ready to head out early. The white van and trailer led the way and the blue van was close behind. We headed up Woolman Lane at 8:45 am on Monday morning the 26th of January. The thirteen students of the Spring 2009 Woolman Semester (and six staff) were on their Orientation/Wilderness Week to Jug Handle State Reserve. As with every trip of our program, this one proved to be unique, and not just because we left ahead of schedule!
The Spring 2009 Woolman Semester is in its first weeks and the campus is reawakened with young ideas and fresh energy.
The campus, nestled among pine and manzanita, is in the process of reinventing itself with expanding student enrollment, creative gardening practices, and an evolving awareness of community and consumption.
During the Democracy Intensive in October, Woolman students broke into five small groups to research different issues affecting our nation. Here is what the group looking at the current economic crisis wrote:
Our group dissected the economic crisis into four bite-sized chunks: the mortgage crisis, the credit-default swap market, the commercial paper market, and HR 1424, popularly known as the “Bailout Plan.”
As I write this message, the stars are just fading in the chill December morning. Out my window I can see the outlines of the Ponderosa pines framed against the barely lightening sky. Graduation for the sixteen students of the Fall 2008 Woolman Semester is just three days away. On Monday, the final projects of the semester, their Citizens of the World research papers were presented to the community in the Meeting House.