We posted a blog last week highlighting the valuable conversations students had with Board members during Proctor's recent Trustee weekend. The text that follows in this post was shared as an unprompted thank you note and reflection by Chandler Devaney '17 to trustees and coaches who attended a forum on the role athletics plays at Proctor Saturday evening.
As I sit here and contemplate what homework assignment to complete next, I find myself much more intrigued in the conversation that took place earlier in the evening, and therefore my decision was immediately apparent, I'll do homework later and write this email now. My hope is that you can forward this message to the trustees and coaches that were also involved in tonight's forum.
For me, athletics has been, and always will be, the stepping stone to something much greater; whether it be Proctor, the United States Air Force Academy where I have comitted to play lacrosse, or my future profession. However, throughout my time here at Proctor, I've realized that athletics isn't everything. I have found that Proctor's true DNA is formed around the idea that people are not skilled at just one thing but several. Similarly, we do not have to be skilled at something to find a true passion for it. I think that it will be important in the continued evolution of Proctor that this DNA remains central to why each student decides to attend Proctor.