New – And a Bit Older – Faces Join Scholars at Summer Gathering
The annual summer gathering is always a reunion, with older scholars reuniting with friends and members of the newest class who have been interns at New York Public Radio catching up with classmates who have spent the summer at college programs. Something new was added to the mix at this year's gathering on Aug. 10, as several members of the newly formed Associate Board joined the group.
The Associates, all early career professionals, a number of them from the New York Times and Seinfeld scholarship programs, quickly revived old connections and made new ones, especially with members of the current Scholarship Plus classes. They also contributed some hard-won wisdom: When asked by Kate Fenneman Stokes to talk a bit about some stumbles they had made along the way, several responded with specifics. One spoke of changing a planned major after failing a key course, and then discovering an academic field – and a career – that has been deeply fulfilling.
Mostly, though, the gathering was marked by the hum of cheerful talk, as old friends reconnected, and new friendships begun. Soon it was time for goodbyes until next time, as the members of the latest class of scholars prepared to begin their first college years.
Photographs by Michael J. Leahy