“What languages did you take?”
‘What countries have you been to?”
“What was Harvard like?”
These questions were asked of me by the SPS students I visited on The Beloved Community Weekend and by the kids at I.S. 292 in Brooklyn when I volunteered on Career Day.
While at SPS I visited two classes and spoke to students of color informally and while at I.S. 292 I spoke to eight classes.
Sitting in Lower Dining Room my extracurricular activities and the clubs I belonged to at SPS were more important than anything I did for work.
The kids at I.S. 292 wanted to know what I did for fun now. Do I play video games? What are my hobbies? Do I enjoy what I do?
They were looking for common interests and abilities so they could decide for themselves if they wanted to follow along my path.
At a certain age life is simple and it doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in. Things are a bit more clear – school and then work. The hard part is figuring out what comes next.