My Old School
Steely Dan had it right. No one is ever going back to their old school. For better or worse, that institution is gone. Fortunately, today’s model is frequently one that is more vibrant and meaningful and relevant than the one from long ago.
People change, cultures shift and so should institutions. By their very nature, universities are meant to encompass all that is universal – learning from yesterday, guiding today and imagining tomorrow. Alumni need to understand or be helped to understand that just as they no longer face the world mullet-coiffed nor does their business major mean that they aren’t now interested in the arts or astronomy, their old school has evolved and, like themselves, chances are it’s for the better. Traditions are wonderful things, especially when it is acknowledged that what makes them meaningful is actually the shared values behind the experience. It’s our responsibility to connect the dots and lead the way.