Hi everybody. I’m in Boston for a course at Harvard on managing in Higher Ed. So far, so good. The colleagues I’m making and the experience I’m having in-class and in my discussion group is interesting, useful and inspiring. I’m missing my wife like crazy and my boys quite a bit. Our Aunt Karen has been very supportive and is hosting the boys and Lam at her house in Kansas. It’s great for Jacob and James to get to know their Auntie more and experience the beautiful (and hopefully calm!) weather in her green, sunlit and lovely lawn in Topeka, Kansas where I’m from.
I try to stay healthy (I’ve done A LOT of travel recently) keep up in class, enjoy my experiences and learn from them.
I’ve had a tour of Harvard, ridden the bus and subway and have even run errands in Boston, Brookline and Cambridge (the neighbourhood of Boston I live and study in, respectively). I’m impressed by the sense of spirit in Boston. People here seem glad to be Bostonians. Cambridge is quite gentrified, but I think it is only natural given the incredible wealth of Harvard itself and probably many of its students and faculty.
What strikes me about the Harvard faculty and staff I have spoken to is their humanity. They are just people and they seem genuinely interested in listening, sharing and learning from each other. The university and the Graduate School of Education especially seems very open to boldness. Everyone from the security guards, admin staff and teachers have been congenial and happy to help.
I’ve posted all of the pics I’ve taken so far of Harvard and other parts of Boston. I’ll try to update the blog again once I’ve got some more photos to post.