What Now?: Wise and Witty Advice For Life After Graduation

What Now?: Wise and Witty Advice For Life After Graduation

by Jennifer Leigh Selig
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As a teacher who has attended several dozen graduations, as an adult who can remember having been there myself, with all the attendant confusion and mixed emotions, I often wish there was something we could give to our graduates beyond just a diploma. A diploma, after all, speaks only to the past: "This is what your life has been about-this is what you have achieved. Done. Finished." But it is not by accident that the word commencement is synonymous with graduation: commencement means a new start or beginning, implying the future rather than the past. So it seems to me that we are partially derelict in our duty to our graduates in handing them words on a diploma that only testify to what they did in the past at this ceremony-to truly mark commencement, we should also hand them words about what they can do in the future.

Toni Morrison once wrote, "If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Here is that book-the words I wished I had been handed when graduated, the words I wish I could hand to my students when they graduate, the words I wish we could hand to all of our students when they graduate.

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ISBN-13: 9780615820422
Publisher: Mandorla Books
Publication date: 05/10/2013
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 804,472
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Leigh Selig taught high school English for 16 years before she finished her Ph.D. and began teaching at the graduate level; she currently serves as chair of two programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California: the MA in Engaged Humanities and the Creative Life, and the MA/PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She is the author of "Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With the Soul of America" and "Thinking Outside the Church: 110 Ways to Connect With Your Spiritual Nature"; she is co-editor with Dennis Patrick Slattery of two books, "The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination," and "Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning." Besides teaching and writing, her passions include cooking, traveling, and photography. Her web site is www.jenniferleighselig.com.

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