Experiencing the most memorable milestones in life
Sawa Kurotani, a professor of anthropology at the University of Redlands. contributes to The Japan News
The academic year is coming to its end. It seems to be memorable milestones in life for graduating seniors to hold the commencement ceremony.
Ms. Kurotani attends every commencement. She feels sorrowful and sweet, watching the graduates walk across the stage. “Parting is such sweet sorrow,” this phrase is quoated from Shakespeare.
Especially as she took the role of Associate Dean, she has encountered many unfortunate circumstances, in which she had the responsibility to make unhappy decisions. A few students need to rest until they are truly ready for college. Many of these students often would have come through her office in their confusing college experience.
After graduating, students go into the complicated, and violent world.
Now our sense of safety has weakeded considerably throughout our lifetimes with terrorist threats and mass shootings in schools and public spaces. In this volatile world, college graduates are told to obtain gainful employment, pay back their college loans (the national average is over $30,000), find happiness, and contribute to their communities.
She say “If that’s not a tall order, I don’t know what is (what).”
But this graduation season, Four studens entered her class this semester on public writing in sociology and anthropology.
Each student came up with a unique writing project. That is a real reflection of their academic foci and personal experiences.
They built an open, supportive learning environment.
She feels sorrowful and sweet.
That’s because, soon they will be out in the world on their own and She hopes that they will go on to do amazing things in their lives not only for themselves but alse for everyone whom they touch.
I wonder what the public writing is.
I wonder if the open supportive leaening environment is useful to solve the social problems.
I made many friends and spent much fun time with them.
I feel thankful to make many friend.