I’ve always been a reader and I love discussions so a Great Books program seemed to make sense. Shimer does a great job of expanding the core of a Great Books program to include voices not typically there (women, people of color, really any sort of minority voice is ignored in most Great Books curriculums) and that is a HUGE draw for me. Add in that I was a terrible student in high school, had never taken SAT or ACT, and hadn’t been in school in 7 years. Needless to say the reality that Shimer uses things like the essay part of the application and interviews to heavily inform their decision for admittance was a big deal to me.
I felt awkward my first few weeks; I’m 26 and some first-year students are as young as 16. Also, spending 7 years in corporate America meant my style of dress doesn’t fit in at any college anywhere. However, Shimer doesn’t judge as a community based on anything except how you are in the classroom and the community. Honestly, I forget that some of my classmates are 10 years younger than me until I want to invite them out for drinks. That was beautiful and by the end of my first year I can say Shimer felt more like home than anywhere ever had.
Shimer is a wonderful place and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me. From time to time I’ll try to remember to post something here to let you all have a slice of that journey as well. Right now I’m pretty focused on how what I do can raise up not just me but others as well… How fortunate I got to a school with a motto of Non Ministrari Sed Ministare (“Not to be served but to serve”).