At this very moment, in households across the country (dare I say world), several thousand people are opening their Centre College alumni “Centrepiece” magazines to find my article about using a superhero metaphor to help my son with his anxiety. This is a proud moment for me. I made the alumni magazine! Yay!
It may seem like a small recognition, but I worked really hard to get accepted as a student at Centre.
I was the first person in my family to go to college.
I spent four years reading, thinking, and writing about language, culture, history, philosophy, literature, and tenants of democracy.
I made friends with some of the smartest people I’ve ever known and watched them go on to become doctors, lawyers, bankers, economists, scientists, missionaries, teachers, and travelers.
I read about their journeys and successes in the pages of our college magazine.
Now I have the great privilege of sharing my words with them.
Thanks, Centre C, for giving me a place on page 26 as well as a nurturing environment where I honed my skills and set the foundation for a wonderfully wordy future.
***Here’s some context. Centrepiece is the name of the alumni magazine for Centre College in Danville, KY, and the alma mater of yours truly. This tiny school shaped and molded the minds of two U.S. vice presidents, John C. Breckinridge and Adlai Stevenson, as well as two Supreme Court Justices, John Marshall Harlan and Fred Vinson. Centre hosted two Vice Presidential Debates (in 2000 and 2012) and prides itself on amazing study abroad opportunities for all Centre students. There’s also this statue called The Flame…