"Re-invent, TRANSFORM, integrate your life and your work.”
In other words, discover new relationships, new “wholes” in your life and your work.
Over the last year, this space has focused on the challenge of reinventing and transforming yourself. This issue of MALS MATTERS features the ultimate challenge of integrating your academic study with your life—a challenge that brings you to new wholeness and becomes the underpinning for authentic human flourishing. New knowledge does not merely get “stuck onto a ball” of what you already know—like so many pieces of tinfoil that eventually create a sizable silver sphere. No! In fact, brain neurologists tell us that new knowledge actually re-aligns one’s neural networks, that is, new knowledge re-shapes one’s thinking and requires you to re-organize your perspective, to re-order your knowledge into some new “whole.” The purpose of your LST 600 capstone thesis/project was to give you a mentored experience of creating such a new “whole,” based on your research, your electives and your Core courses. And you accomplished that milestone by integrating your academic study with your interests and your life experience.
Having been in occasional contact with many of you, I am delighted to see the new levels of wholeness happening in your lives. I immediately think of Jason (‘07) who leveraged his MALS degree and former teaching career to enter a new and different field of study at the doctoral level, knowing that knowledge is not confined to distinct and separate silos but is ultimately one. I think of Dan (‘07), Theresa (‘06), Danielle (‘11), and Lauren (‘13) who have written books and continue to feed their creativity. I think of Rachel (‘08) and Kathleen (‘11) who each used their expanded knowledge base and skill set to open their own business—one, as an events planner, the other, as a potter and store owner. I think of the more than a dozen of you who have followed your heart and changed jobs because—with the interdisciplinary experience of MALS—you knew you could. And I think of Olga (‘11) and Mary Anne (‘11) who loved MALS discussions so much that they initiated “The Inklings,” a vibrant book discussion that meets every month with former MALS students, faculty, spouses, and friends to share ideas over wine and cheese. Each of these individuals—and this is just a sampling of the more than 100 MALS graduates now in New York, Florida, Alaska, and Texas—is living testimony to the value of interdisciplinary learning that brings about a new sense of wholeness.
Happy Holidays to each of you!
Monica Weis, S.S.J.
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