Open Connections

OC facilitators always have an open ear for youth.

-Ashriel
, 2020 OC Graduate

Ashriel

2020 OC Graduate

Ashriel

Interviewed May 2020

 

What year did you start at OC?

I joined OC in 2013.

 

What’s one of your earliest OC memories?

I remember either on my first or second week, I was sitting on the Upper Terrace walls, and eating lunch with my old blue lunchbox. I remember Anton (Facilitator) sitting next to me and asking all about me. I remember that lunch was probably the first day I really opened up to anybody on campus; it made me look forward to the After-Program Sports group [that Anton facilitated].

 

What’s your FAVORITE OC memory?

My favorite memory is my Symposium, or more specifically, the Q/A we had afterwards. If you asked me two years ago if I could imagine myself enjoying speaking to an audience, I would have said, with absolute certainty, that I could not. But that night showed me that even I could be in the spotlight.

 

What’s something that distinguishes OC from other communities or learning environments?

The constant love and care put into everything. During my time in Shaping Your Life, I've been blown away by the continual kindness and perseverance shown by my facilitators. They are always very involved with students, even in highly self-directed projects. OC Facilitators always have an open ear for students.

 

What will you miss most about OC?

I will miss the community. I don't know where I could find a more stable, positive group of people who are so willing to welcome you and show how you fit into the OC family. I remember my first year at OC I was amazed at how positive the entire community was. I'm going to miss being able to be a part of that every single week.

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