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Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 8*: Bonus Dividends
The envelope was a surprise. Bright pink, handmade, and with a simple “To: Peter” on the front, it was given to me by one of the valiant college students that help lead the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College program. For many years, I've kept a folder of all the thank you cards I’ve received as a just-in-case antidote to any future dark days. I want to savor this one before dropping it in. The residential/teaching assistants (RATAs as we’ve come to call them) are the backbone of the Prep sessions. The enclosed card featured a hand drawn picture of my beloved folding bike that I ride around campus in the summer. Each RATA had written a note inside that was heartfelt and inspiring. So focused on providing a pivotal experience for our teenage participants, I had overlooked that in doing so, we might create an opportunity for others to grow and learn as well. 

*While the 2017 Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College program where I've been teaching has successfully concluded, the reflections linger and will likely inform a few more Forecasts.