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In high school and college, I always did well in problem-solving situations relative to my peers. I think I owe this in part to all the...

-Dan Gaeto
, OC Alum

Dan Gaeto

OC Alum

Dan Gaeto

Reprinted from the OC Magazine, Fall, 2015


What have you been up to since OC?

It’s been some time since I have been at Open Connections. I think it was early 2004—when I was 12 years old—that I left OC to attend Devon Preparatory School, a small private Catholic school in Devon, Pennsylvania. I remained at Devon through high school. For college, I attended the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. In May 2014, I graduated from CUA with a degree in economics and a minor in philosophy. Currently, I work as an economic analyst for a small research and consulting firm in the Washington, D.C., area.


What age did you start at OC? What programs were you involved in?

I started at OC when I was pretty young, probably when I was around 4 or 5 years old. Initially, I just participated in the Monday Open Program. When I was about 8, I started attending Tuesday Tutorial with Susan [Shilcock, OC Co-founder]. That was the main program I was involved in for the rest of my time at OC. I did a few other programs here and there such as Afternoon on the Farm with Warren [Graham] and an acting program with Lucy [Tyson, nee. Tobin] .


How did OC impact you? What did you find useful?

I met a lot of good friends at OC, some of whom I am still in touch with today. At OC I was introduced to acting, which led me to become involved in the theater and musical program in my high school. While I did not continue with acting in college, the experience allowed me to meet a lot of really cool people, many of whom remain close friends today. In high school and college, I found that I always did well in problem-solving situations relative to my peers. I think I owe this in part to all the puzzles and thinking games we used to do in Tuesday Tutorial. One of the more valuable things that OC has to offer is that it gives young people the freedom to discover and focus on things that they are passionate about.


What would you have changed about OC?

At the time, I was pretty satisfied with what OC had to offer. In fact, OC was usually the highlight of my week. Looking back, I can’t really think of anything significant that I’d change.