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A Path to a Bigger World “Our campus, at its best, enables narratives to take shape, stories written from the dreams and struggles and strivings of CA’s students — the world’s idealists.”

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IF YOU HAVE been on campus recently, you have been greeted by the sights and sounds of construction: the whine of saws and drills mixing with the resonant thup of pneumatic hammers, workers in reflective vests and hardhats moving through, over, and around the renovation-in-progress that will be Bradford House, now sheathed in bright blue Tyvek. This project, coupled with common-room projects in Wheeler, Admadjaja, and Phelps, will be completed in August, the latest in a series of Centennial Campaign investments that are expanding and renewing our campus. As important as these building projects are, they are made meaningful by what happens here. A campus’s pathways and greenscapes, studios and laboratories, carrels and nooks, all provide space and tools for what students and teachers create together. Our campus, at its best, enables narratives to take shape, stories written from the dreams and struggles and strivings of CA’s students — the world’s idealists. On a rainy Sunday afternoon recently, I had the chance to hear from one of those idealists. I listened as a CA alumnus shared his story in the Chapel with a group of current parents, parents of graduates, fellow alumnae/i, and friends

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of CA. His mother and father were there, as was his longtime girlfriend. He spoke about how he had come to CA, how he had confronted challenges — cultural, academic, dietary, even New England’s winter! — and yet how, despite those challenges, he had found what he had hoped to find: a path to a bigger world. He had also come to see himself and his place in that world not as a singular being bent on individual success, but as a member of a community that could have an impact for good. Later that same afternoon, the mother of a current CA student thanked me for the opportunity her son has been given here by virtue of financial aid. I looked across the room at the alumnus who had spoken earlier, and I reflected on both of these young men, and what CA means to them. Education, self-awareness, and community spawn commitment not to self alone, but to the world, a commitment to make it better for those who will follow. As CA approaches its centennial, we can celebrate how far we have traveled, and look forward to more great things in the years to come. Guided by dedicated teachers and shaped by CA’s students and alumnae/i, that future should give us all hope.

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