When I think back, there are many teachers that come to mind, but if I have to choose one, I'd say Betsy Oehrlein (Heim). Without her insistence and caring, I probably would have never taken another Spanish class again. Her guidance set off a domino effect that led to a Spanish minor in college, service trips, study-abroad, and ultimately working and living abroad in Spain and Costa Rica. Because of this, I am able to be a bi-lingual spokesperson for Movember!
There are so many to choose from… I have great memories of discovering new running trails around campus during cross-country practice with Jon Downs. I have great memories of hockey and baseball trips. And, even though I much preferred sports over class, I’d probably say one of the most memorable experiences I had was being a part of the team that skinned and dissected the bear whose skeleton was eventually put back together by a group much more talented than I. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would have the opportunity to be up close and personal with a black bear like that.
My favorite spots are the chapel and the quad. In my mind and memory, they’re a combo package and such a fantastic centerpiece to campus. Everytime I watch Regarding Henry or The World According to Garp - both of which were filmed on Millbrook's campus - you can be certain that I point it out to anyone watching (including my dorm room window in Case in the final scene of The World According to Garp).
Beside my parents, Millbrook and the people there with me have been some of the greatest influences in my life. The ways that I was immediately made a part of a community, the way that I learned to take care of myself... Really, everything played such an important role in making me who I am today. The least I can do is to make a contribution to Millbrook every year. My hope is that what I give back each year, no matter how large or small it is, will become a part of a larger pot that will allow Millbrook to continue to offer the same amazing experience to others as it did to me.
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