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At Rowland Hall’s September 4 all-school Convocation, alumna Charis Benjamin ’12 reminded students, “How you engage with others and interact with your peers matters.”

“We’re not only building our own confidence in our lives, but we also have an opportunity to help build the confidence of our peers,” she told them. “鸿博体育给彼此的礼物是与他人互动的机会,并帮助彼此成为最好的自己.”

We’re not only building our own confidence in our lives, but we also have an opportunity to help build the confidence of our peers.—Charis Benjamin ’12

As the 2020 alumni speaker for Convocation, Charis was asked to join other speakers—including Head of School Mick Gee, Chaplain Jeremy Innis, and Student Body President Maddy Frech—to reflect on the theme Welcome Everyone. She used this opportunity to think back on her nine years at Rowland Hall, 将她自己的经历编织到她的演讲中,以说明关系和口语的力量在一个学习社区.

“Our interactions matter—we’re constantly learning from each other,当被问及为什么选择把演讲的重点放在同伴驱动的建立信任上时,查里斯说. 她想向所有年龄段的学生展示,他们有能力通过成为朋友来鼓励他人——这是每个人都能体会到的. “建立自信的元素或友善地使用语言对年轻或年长的学习者来说都是普遍的,” she said.

因为她知道学生们经常听到人们因分歧而发生冲突, 她还想用自己的经历鼓励他们为他人的独特创造空间——拥抱, rather than fear or avoid discussing, differences. “We have to spend time celebrating differences,” she said. 查里斯进一步指出,罗兰学校的规模有利于那些正在适应这些技能的孩子:“在罗兰学校, you get a chance to have a smaller group of peers. You can spend time asking unique questions to get to know the people around you.”

查里斯亲身体会到同伴信心增强的好处——它如何传播到那些感到安全、觉得受欢迎的人之外, where students take risks and engage in deeper learning. This builds skills they then take into their adult lives. 她说:“你在课堂上的投入程度会影响你说话的舒适感。. “你花了大量时间的空间有助于培养你在世界上的移动方式.”

查里斯的经历说明了这种自信可以让学生走多远,以及它如何让他们准备好继续以社区为中心生活. Since graduating from Rowland Hall, Charis has studied how to make individuals and communities healthier, 他于2016年获得康奈尔大学生物学和社会学士学位, 他于2019年获得约翰霍普金斯大学彭博公共卫生学院公共卫生硕士学位. While earning those degrees, she also worked as a research assistant, a graduate PHASE intern, and a program administrator—opportunities that, she explained, 帮助她“真正理解了一些鸿博体育公共卫生的大问题”. In August, Charis began the newest chapter of her journey, 作为一名一年级的医科学生进入威斯康星大学医学和公共卫生学院.

查莉丝可以轻易地回忆起高中老师们的记忆,他们帮助她应对现实世界的问题,并超越自我思考:在道格·沃萨姆的法语课上, 她学会了如何面对不舒服,并对学习一门新语言的人有同理心. In Carolyn Hickman’s English class, she learned that reading comprehension skills go far beyond texts. And in Ryan Hoglund’s ethical learning class, she took part in life-changing group discussions around ethical dilemmas.

作为一名在COVID-19期间具有流行病学背景的实习医生, 查里斯每天都要面对一些具有挑战性的问题,但她强调,她觉得自己已经准备好应对这些问题了, thanks in large part to the confidence she built at Rowland Hall, 她将真正的友谊和第一次遇到“重大问题?, and how we tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.查莉丝可以轻易地回忆起高中老师们的记忆,他们帮助她应对现实世界的问题,并超越自我思考:在道格·沃萨姆(Doug Wortham)的法语课上, 她学会了如何面对不舒服,并对学习一门新语言的人有同理心. In Carolyn Hickman’s English class, she learned that reading comprehension skills go far beyond texts—in her case, 让她准备好提出正确的问题来诊断病人的疾病(“阅读理解真的是对生命的理解,” she pointed out). And in Ryan Hoglund’s ethical learning class, she took part in life-changing group discussions around ethical dilemmas.

“大多数题目都没有一个明确正确的答案——这就是问题的关键,”查里斯说. “Getting comfortable with ambiguity at the high school age is important, because in life you’re going to have gray areas.” This is especially true in her line of work. “Right now with coronavirus we have a lot of questions,” she continued. “We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.但在灰色地带的舒适生活能让像她这样的科学家不断前进, 寻找抗击疫情的方法,同时保护社区——鸿博体育等学校每天都在进行社区建设,这是全球的例子.

查丽丝敏锐地提醒鸿博体育,罗兰堂的毕业生在离开这个社区很久之后,仍然是社区的建设者,” said Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund. “Listening to Charis' inspiring speech, 我希望鸿博体育都能理解在一个社区中互相照顾的重要性,认识到鸿博体育是多么相互依赖. 她提醒鸿博体育鸿博体育的自我价值感和自信是由鸿博体育的同伴和导师共同创造的,这说明了小时刻的重要性,鸿博体育可以表现出更大的耐心, compassion, and curiosity to each other. 花点时间把自己看作彼此的照顾者,这对鸿博体育自己的幸福和鸿博体育所依赖的社区的幸福都至关重要.”


横幅图片:查里斯在威斯康辛大学医学和公共卫生学院的校园里. As a first-year medical student, Charis继续她的旅程,让个人和社区更健康. Photo courtesy Charis Benjamin.

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Alumna Charis Benjamin '12 Challenges Students to Become Confidence-Builders


At Rowland Hall’s September 4 all-school Convocation, alumna Charis Benjamin ’12 reminded students, “How you engage with others and interact with your peers matters.”

“We’re not only building our own confidence in our lives, but we also have an opportunity to help build the confidence of our peers,” she told them. “鸿博体育给彼此的礼物是与他人互动的机会,并帮助彼此成为最好的自己.”

We’re not only building our own confidence in our lives, but we also have an opportunity to help build the confidence of our peers.—Charis Benjamin ’12

As the 2020 alumni speaker for Convocation, Charis was asked to join other speakers—including Head of School Mick Gee, Chaplain Jeremy Innis, and Student Body President Maddy Frech—to reflect on the theme Welcome Everyone. She used this opportunity to think back on her nine years at Rowland Hall, 将她自己的经历编织到她的演讲中,以说明关系和口语的力量在一个学习社区.

“Our interactions matter—we’re constantly learning from each other,当被问及为什么选择把演讲的重点放在同伴驱动的建立信任上时,查里斯说. 她想向所有年龄段的学生展示,他们有能力通过成为朋友来鼓励他人——这是每个人都能体会到的. “建立自信的元素或友善地使用语言对年轻或年长的学习者来说都是普遍的,” she said.

因为她知道学生们经常听到人们因分歧而发生冲突, 她还想用自己的经历鼓励他们为他人的独特创造空间——拥抱, rather than fear or avoid discussing, differences. “We have to spend time celebrating differences,” she said. 查里斯进一步指出,罗兰学校的规模有利于那些正在适应这些技能的孩子:“在罗兰学校, you get a chance to have a smaller group of peers. You can spend time asking unique questions to get to know the people around you.”

查里斯亲身体会到同伴信心增强的好处——它如何传播到那些感到安全、觉得受欢迎的人之外, where students take risks and engage in deeper learning. This builds skills they then take into their adult lives. 她说:“你在课堂上的投入程度会影响你说话的舒适感。. “你花了大量时间的空间有助于培养你在世界上的移动方式.”

查里斯的经历说明了这种自信可以让学生走多远,以及它如何让他们准备好继续以社区为中心生活. Since graduating from Rowland Hall, Charis has studied how to make individuals and communities healthier, 他于2016年获得康奈尔大学生物学和社会学士学位, 他于2019年获得约翰霍普金斯大学彭博公共卫生学院公共卫生硕士学位. While earning those degrees, she also worked as a research assistant, a graduate PHASE intern, and a program administrator—opportunities that, she explained, 帮助她“真正理解了一些鸿博体育公共卫生的大问题”. In August, Charis began the newest chapter of her journey, 作为一名一年级的医科学生进入威斯康星大学医学和公共卫生学院.

查莉丝可以轻易地回忆起高中老师们的记忆,他们帮助她应对现实世界的问题,并超越自我思考:在道格·沃萨姆的法语课上, 她学会了如何面对不舒服,并对学习一门新语言的人有同理心. In Carolyn Hickman’s English class, she learned that reading comprehension skills go far beyond texts. And in Ryan Hoglund’s ethical learning class, she took part in life-changing group discussions around ethical dilemmas.

作为一名在COVID-19期间具有流行病学背景的实习医生, 查里斯每天都要面对一些具有挑战性的问题,但她强调,她觉得自己已经准备好应对这些问题了, thanks in large part to the confidence she built at Rowland Hall, 她将真正的友谊和第一次遇到“重大问题?, and how we tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.查莉丝可以轻易地回忆起高中老师们的记忆,他们帮助她应对现实世界的问题,并超越自我思考:在道格·沃萨姆(Doug Wortham)的法语课上, 她学会了如何面对不舒服,并对学习一门新语言的人有同理心. In Carolyn Hickman’s English class, she learned that reading comprehension skills go far beyond texts—in her case, 让她准备好提出正确的问题来诊断病人的疾病(“阅读理解真的是对生命的理解,” she pointed out). And in Ryan Hoglund’s ethical learning class, she took part in life-changing group discussions around ethical dilemmas.

“大多数题目都没有一个明确正确的答案——这就是问题的关键,”查里斯说. “Getting comfortable with ambiguity at the high school age is important, because in life you’re going to have gray areas.” This is especially true in her line of work. “Right now with coronavirus we have a lot of questions,” she continued. “We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.但在灰色地带的舒适生活能让像她这样的科学家不断前进, 寻找抗击疫情的方法,同时保护社区——鸿博体育等学校每天都在进行社区建设,这是全球的例子.

查丽丝敏锐地提醒鸿博体育,罗兰堂的毕业生在离开这个社区很久之后,仍然是社区的建设者,” said Director of Ethical Education Ryan Hoglund. “Listening to Charis' inspiring speech, 我希望鸿博体育都能理解在一个社区中互相照顾的重要性,认识到鸿博体育是多么相互依赖. 她提醒鸿博体育鸿博体育的自我价值感和自信是由鸿博体育的同伴和导师共同创造的,这说明了小时刻的重要性,鸿博体育可以表现出更大的耐心, compassion, and curiosity to each other. 花点时间把自己看作彼此的照顾者,这对鸿博体育自己的幸福和鸿博体育所依赖的社区的幸福都至关重要.”


横幅图片:查里斯在威斯康辛大学医学和公共卫生学院的校园里. As a first-year medical student, Charis继续她的旅程,让个人和社区更健康. Photo courtesy Charis Benjamin.

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