The fall is a thoughtful season. The dawning of the month of Elul asks us to begin the process of introspection, which reaches a zenith when we enter into the yamim noraim, the Days of Awe, of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the days in between. After our days off from school for these chagim, our seniors continue their period of inward-looking.
For the past 16 years, SDJA’s 12th graders have taken time during days when other grades attend class field trips to explore options and opportunities at colleges and universities where growth and maturation can continue after the SDJA experience draws to a close. Our students stay close and venture far. They drive to Orange County and Los Angeles; they fly to Boston and New York and Alabama and Georgia. And Kansas. And Kentucky. There are, in fact, few locations they don’t explore on their way towards exploring not as much physical geography as the geography of their own minds and hearts. They seek where they want to be, true. But they seek, too, who they want to be–Jewishly, socially, and academically. Their search is more for where they can feel relevant and meaningful more than for where they can pursue a particular area of study.
This is the sort of “college search” we who teach and guide our students celebrate.