Friday discussions in the RAaW (Racial Awareness at Waynflete) activity group are built on establishing a deep level of trust, so each year for the past several years, we have been given the opportunity to take an afternoon to do some group building to foster that atmosphere of shared understanding. This year’s retreat on October 30 helped our group set the tone for our weekly meetings. First and foremost, what we do on our retreat is eat. Together the RAaW group makes a lunch for each other. This year after lunch we selected random objects off a blanket and told stories of ourselves using those prompts. We also explored the layers of our identity and discussed what would happen if we were forced to choose among them.
For the past three years we have met at the home of Julie Boesky and Jonathan Shapiro. Their son Ben was a four year member of RAaW and despite the fact he graduated last year they once again graciously opened their home to us. We ar
These Life Maps are presented to one another in seminar groups. One seminar student, Rawha Michael, pointed out, “I enjoyed seeing other people’s Life Maps because there are so many different interests and goals that people have and it was neat to get to know other people.” Presenting these Life Maps gets students to recognize others’ unique accomplishments. There are also so many different ways students interpret the assignment to craft a Life Maps. Some are 3D mobiles made of well-loved belongings, some are on-line, and one was even edible. “These are totally creative ways of thinking about your life,” Lydia Maier says.
The experience was unbelievable, and I absolutely hope to continue with Mock Trial in college, in some way. I was very lucky to be able to work alongside such an amazing team, and it made my senior year that much more memorable.