“You don’t have a community unless it’s a healthy community so a lot of our messaging changed from encouraging people to go out and meet to making sure everyone was staying two leash lengths apart.”
“Beaver allowed me to dream. They never shut me down no matter how big my dreams were. They allowed me to shoot for the stars and be ambitious. Anything that I wanted to achieve, Beaver helped me push closer to it.”
“I used to go to France where I thought I was going to get thrown into jail for both helping gay people have children and doing surrogacy, which they consider baby selling, and I managed to at least keep myself out of that. What I’m doing is right.”
"I think I do have Beaver to thank for the ways in which thinking and making across different disciplines was emphasized and really nurtured."
“Beaver will always be a safe, amazing place to experiment and try different courses and extracurriculars. I was able to partake in music, athletics, and the arts all while engaging in intellectually stimulating classes.”
“When a college counselor or advisor comes to you and asks what you want to do, I have realized the importance of getting lots of input from friends and family-members as they know you very well. For me, it seemed like the path to an architect was already laid out as my parents were architects and I went to an architecture camp back in 11th grade. However, talking it out and not always going down that clear-cut path can be beneficial.”dd
“This past year it was critical to be able to hold myself accountable and take breaks when necessary from schoolwork and from hours of staring at my computer. It is so important in not only college but in life to understand when your social battery needs to be recharged and when it is time to prioritize yourself.”
“There are very few consequences for putting yourself out in the open and taking calculated risks. Especially at Beaver where it is so inclusive, be yourself and experiment!”
“The things I believe in above anything else is access to art will make our lives better. Everyone should be able to experience museums, plays, and other arts events. In our society, we have moved towards a more elitist attitude towards museums and art events and it should not be like that. Everyone should have fair access to art.”
“When you’re super engaged and find purpose in your work, the work becomes easy. It doesn’t become a task, it becomes something you want to be a part of every day.”
“One of the happiest days of my life was when one of my friends' girls called me up and told me that she was taking a job working at the United Nations. I had brought her to the United Nations and helped her get interested in this. Girls working with girls. It's been a very pleasant way to continue my life’s work.”
“With my job and with the current situation surrounding the pandemic, I have realized how we take so many things for granted. I believe that we have all learned that we can no longer really do that. It is so important to cherish the small things in life.”
“People keep saying to me, ‘You can’t retire. Who’s going to restore our quilts?’ And I keep getting family heirlooms with incredible stories.”
“Absorb everything you can while at Beaver because they have so much to offer to you. Beaver played such an important role in who I am today.”
“Beaver taught me how to think critically and how to survive in a media-saturated world.”
“People are the most important asset of any company or organization. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or what resources you have; if you appreciate the people that make up the organization, the payback you get from them is astronomical.”
“I loved and always will love the small classes at Beaver and the personal attention the students received from the teachers. The environment allowed the students to not only make connections and friendships with each other but also with the staff.”
“The best mentor in my life was a colleague at Benchmark, where she worked as the Chief Operating Officer. She had come out of retirement to take that job, at a time when the company was struggling. There were some conflicts between the senior management team but she really worked to bring that team closer together and ease any tension there was. She taught me to take the high road and do the right thing. Usually good things will come out of it!”
“I hope people’s acute understanding of global health [due to Covid] will make them more sensitive to other diseases in other areas.”
“I have had a unique opportunity to still be connected to Beaver through my entire life as first a student and more recently as a teacher. Also, in just a couple of weeks, I will be dropping my children off at Beaver Summer Camp, so one could argue that I have not even left yet!”
“I recently had a college counseling session with a family who was talking about their child ‘falling to pieces’ and struggling with academics, etc. I said, let him fall to pieces but be there to help him. If he needs days off from school, let him take days off from school. At the end of the day, mental health and physical health are more important than any AP or test. Family and strong connections are crucial in life.”
“Obviously, receiving a C in a class is not ideal, but following that, I learned to work even harder and put even more effort into my work. This was something that not only helped me flourish in school but also later in life.”
“One thing I appreciated about Beaver was how flexible and adaptable they were to students' needs. They always prioritized the students, which made the school so enjoyable.”
“No matter what you do or say, half the people are not going to like you. My approach to public service is to do the right thing and be myself at each decision.”
“My experience at Beaver learning how to work with all kinds of people set me on my path to success.”
“Beaver is about the people. The teachers genuinely care about the students and the students at Beaver are not just one type of person.”
“Storytelling is so fundamental to us as human beings. Before we had paper and could write, we only had stories. If I know your story and you know my story, we can level and try to understand each other. Storytelling can be a bridge to help understand one another but also create empathy and this human connection with each other that is so important. It could be as simple as a 20-minute conversation or a full feature documentary.”
“Beaver really helped me find myself and push myself inside and outside of the classroom. The teachers didn’t force me to pigeonhole into just math and science but rather pushed me to look and discover a wide range of subjects in school. Overall, the one word I would use to describe the school is genuine. Everyone is genuinely caring and wants the best for you.”
"I personally feel the way that you combat the lawlessness of creativity is to treat your craft as you would a job."
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve been able to help organizations and companies build their resilience by providing training and resources to help them get through difficult times."
“Instead of forcing productivity on a certain project, I am able to let my ideas flow naturally.”
"I think the most important thing to learn at Beaver and in college and beyond is how to learn."
"But, once you have an understanding of the service industry, you can do anything."
"You just never know what is going to blossom into a career or passion. Remain curious and stay excited about things. Take chances and see if you can do it."
"My sense when I was at Beaver was that I was valued for my uniqueness."
"I really thrived at Beaver, I sort of came into my own and learned to love learning."
"If you’re telling children what to do, you’re not providing them with the opportunity to actually talk."
“The pandemic will only make us stronger. Many will remember this time in a negative way, but it is important to always think positively. Everyone has learned a lot about the world and about themselves.”
“Even the very best articles and graphs are gone after a couple days. The news media moves so quickly that so much gets forgotten.”
“I chose Beaver because of their reputation as a “progressive teaching” school and the innovative methods they use in the classroom.”
“Being a student from Beaver makes you look at things from a different lens and perspective.”
“It is important to look at the long run of things — sometimes we want specific events to happen right away but often it is better to wait and see how it turns out.”
“If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that things can change in a second.”
“Some of my favorite Beaver memories came from my senior calculus class with Mr. MacDonald. My experience in that class showed me what it’s like to do math at a higher level.”
"Having the chance to experience a wide range of classes and activities sets you up nicely once you graduate Beaver and college.”
“Beaver really pushed me to think outside the box and take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that were there. This all led to what we do and who we are today.”
“Coming from such a strong community, I love how I can always reconnect with Beaver, whether that be with fellow alumni, teachers, or mentors.”
“Now the major publications have strong digital presences, but at the time (2008), it was very uncertain whether photography and news had a future on the internet.”
“I studied microbiology in college, so the pandemic has been an interesting time to learn more about what I studied and the importance of scientific research.”
“Beaver is a place where the relationships you build are really strong. The tight-knit community is definitely something people miss when they go to college.”
"It's been such an honor, it's hard to put into words, to come back and to coach and to be a part of the school trying to give back what the school has given me."
“Prior to this pandemic, a colleague left for a new job and I was thrust into somewhat of a bigger position. However, being able to think critically and think on my feet was so helpful, which I can really attribute to Beaver.”
“Beaver gave me the encouragement for me to realize who I am.”
“Beaver is very good at helping each student identify authentic interests.”
“I had come from what could have been a really disadvantaged situation, growing up with a single mom and not having a lot of resources, to being extremely fortunate enough to have had the incredible opportunity that Beaver provided education-wise and socially to push me forward.”
"Being at Beaver, coming to the field every day to coach those kids in the fall, that helped me to get outside, stop watching the news, see these kids that are still showing up for school and field hockey and working really hard."
"Beaver helped me develop the passion for theater that I took into what became my career."
“I was amazed at how well Beaver prepared me for college and was so thankful for Beaver once I got there.”
“I believe Beaver helped shape my entrepreneurial mindset. Rather than accepting things for the way they are, I always like to ask why and then think how I can make them better.”
“Beaver’s encouragement to be involved in the world around you still sticks with me to this day”
“Especially with the pandemic and my husband being a doctor, I have learned that you can’t always plan things out and you have to take it day-by-day.”
“In the spring, it was definitely hard not being at school and seeing everyone in the hallways and lunchroom. I really missed the social interactions that we’re so used to at school”
“I always get chills when I come up the drive and look up and see the cupola. That to me is very special.”
“It is okay to ask for help. Especially in these times, some people may need extra support and it is 100% okay to ask for assistance.”
“At Beaver taking part in activities and group events is so crucial as you never know what you may end up liking and pursuing later down the road.”
“Beaver has a great alumni network and if ever someone wants to get in contact with alumni regarding a profession, there will always be someone in that field to assist them.”
“Because of the nature of the class I was in and times we were living through, it took me some time to really realize what an excellent education I had gotten at Beaver.”
“Beaver helped form my entrepreneurial mindset and encouraged creativity.”
“I loved teaching and Beaver had a tremendous impact on how I can be a non-traditional educator both in and out of the classroom.”
“I’m a big fan of your generation. Your generation just gets it. You get it right in the gut! We do not even have to sell you all on keeping the planet whole and safe for your generation and your kids. You all are a very savvy generation. Once we get past this scourge, you are going to be gangbusters.”
“Beaver’s experimental and unorthodox education style helped me do meaningful work both in and out of the classroom.”
“I've always tried to be grateful for the things I have. The pandemic has made me even more appreciative of the things I have no matter how big or small they may be.”
“Beaver is the type of place that listens. If you want your voice to be heard, it will be heard.”
“The outside world isn’t as caring or just as Beaver is. I would encourage Beaver students to figure out what is going on in the world and see what they can do about it.”
“As a journalist, it can be frustrating to have to adapt to an environment where your story will matter one hour and not the next. However, that is just the environment that we work in.”
"I've been very humbled by the pandemic and I'm learning a lot. There has been this understanding that permanence is not a given."
“Finding things that do not pique your interest helps narrow down the focus to find your true passion.”
“I truly believe that talent wins out in the end, if you get the door open. Getting the door open is the secret, not the talent.”
“The pandemic highlighted so many of the challenges that exist in our community in a way that you couldn't ignore them anymore.”
“I am starting at Harvard Business School in the fall which means I’ll have to take a step back from Thrive Global, which will be difficult after seeing the company go from an idea to a scaled business. But this certainly won’t be my last start-up experience.”
“The pandemic has been tough on medical school students because they haven’t been able to volunteer and get hands-on experiences, but a lot of students have taken it upon themselves to raise money to help those in need.”
"Stay in touch with the people you're friends with because they're people that may be friends for life and there's no calculating how valuable that is for you over the course of your lifetime."
“There is no point in doing anything that makes you unhappy.”
“I only discovered five-six years ago that my father's uncle, who lived in Chestnut Hill, had been one of the founders of Beaver, apparently.”
“Beaver’s the place that I learned that as long as I try I've got a really good chance of succeeding.”
“The sooner you can realize and understand what you need to do in order to be a productive member of society, the better."
“The Annual Fund makes me so proud. We've got a lot of very generous parents and we have alums that are really stepping up now.”
“It is important to be flexible to specific situations.”
“It has been tough in Berlin with the Covid-19 pandemic, as it has for"This whole pandemic, losing close friends, and dealing with the loss of in-person activities has further showed me how important gratitude and showing appreciation are on an everyday basis.”
“The creative atmosphere at Beaver is amazing. Students are always collaborating and working on innovative projects and using technology in new ways.”
“The thing about Beaver, whether it be when I went there in the 80s or now, is that there is a spirit, a particular energy. We all get it, but no one else gets it.”
“All of these professional experiences I have had are rooted in the classroom and personal experiences at Beaver, which is unique.”
“It is so important to treasure the friendships you make at Beaver, especially since it is a small school.”
"The pandemic is the great revealer. I feel like many people are emerging with a better understanding of the concentric circles of their life. A better understanding of themselves, a better understanding of their immediate family, a better understanding of their community and the nation."
“One of the positives that has come out from this pandemic is that we have been able to change and adapt with the times and create masks for schools throughout the United States, Beaver being one of them.”
This year has really taught me to slow down and take inventory of myself, whether that is health-wise, job-wise, community, or partnership with people.”
"I’ve learned that we take so much for granted like basic human needs and health. Covid has brought this to the forefront and we have had no choice but to adapt and make changes."
“Having the chance to dabble in so many different activities at Beaver made it so special. Beaver is the liberal arts school of middle school and high school. I went to a liberal arts college because of my positive experiences at Beaver.”
“Beaver gave me an incredible global perspective and taught me how to think through problems and solutions. Beaver taught me to question things and be curious.”
"The use of technology at Beaver and the New Basics have been so helpful during my first semester of college."
“I credit Beaver with providing me with intellectual capabilities like critical thinking along with social and political awareness.”
"The most successful people across the arts that I’ve ever worked with and ever met all have a grain of business person in them."
"Beaver’s focus on each student and finding the best teachers haven’t changed since the 80s. It’s been amazing watching the school adapt and evolve while sticking to its core values."
“The reason theater works is because everyone is in the same room together. We have tried to do shows on Zoom and have tried to record shows with no audience, but it does not have the same effect. And given these times, it is not just theater but live entertainment in general. It is up to us to adjust and find ways to make it available to everyone in a way that people will enjoy it.”
“Looking back at Beaver, I realize that I have succeeded in life because it encouraged students to be passionate and self-sufficient in academic endeav"Beaver was also decades ahead of other schools in encouraging students to use what they learned in one discipline — for example, the creative thinking process in art, and the knowledge of material characteristics — as a tool for decision-making in another discipline.”
“I’ve always cared about the environment, and I wanted to help people make good decisions.”
“This taught me that you have to dare in life because you never know what could come out of it.”
“I like the anonymity of being a voice actor. You don’t have to look great going to work everyday, it’s just about how the voice sounds.”
"One of the best things about the school is that you really don’t get forgotten..."
“Beaver is a much bigger part of my life than I think I've ever given it credit for. This interview took me down memory lane and made me appreciate all the amazing people at Beaver and the great memories I had throughout my time there.”
"I saw the power of sports-based community work from my brother, who had cancer."
“The teachers at Beaver don’t only care about how students are doing academically; they genuinely care about each student and are interested in students’ extracurricular activities and personal interests.”
“I do environmental education. So much of my teaching is, ‘Go outside, away from your screen!’ Now, I have to figure out how to do that virtually.”
“The pandemic has provided me with opportunities to learn more about myself and what I find important.”
“The teachers at Beaver help students realize something about themselves. Beaver was the real spark for my passion for art and graphic design.”