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SEBASTIAN HARKNESS '19

MINIMESTER 2019

SEBASTIAN HARKNESS '19

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“WHAT WAS SO MYSTIFYING TO ME BECAME CLEAR” Minimester 2019 delivered invaluable opportunities for learning, connecting, and recharging as High School students engaged in one of 36 diverse offerings for three days. In its second year, the GDS minimester program is designed to bring the GDS mission to life through an immersive and experiential learning experience wholly separate from the normal, day-to-day academic program of the school. Some students took advantage of incredible local treasures in our city while others traveled to other cities—or mountains. Many remained here on campus and took their studies in a new direction. During the culminating event on February 27, students shared details from their in-depth studies, highlighting what they learned, the connections they made with each other, and the ways their thinking had changed over just three days.

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1, 2. Sebastian Harkness ’19 echoed the value of

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connecting over a shared food-prep experience during Unplugged in the Wilderness. “We bonded during long hikes and while cooking together. We chopped wood and then cooked together for more than 20 people over our one tiny fire.”

3. During Art Behind the Scenes in New York

City Museums, one participant shared that she “loved the hidden experience so much as an artist.” They were able to view Salvidor Dali’s Persistence of Memory, several Georgia O’Keeffe pieces, and Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

4. In Food, Body, and Soul, students participated

in various forms of fitness classes. “Not only was it fun, but we grew closer with everyone around as we were suffering through the workshop,” explained Claire Wolsk ’19. “It was a great break from the stress of school...and we ate healthy food.”

5. One participant in Producing Music in a

Modern Digital Recording Studio explained, most succinctly, the Minimester experience. “What was so mystifying to me became clear.”

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