Leadership Center Blog - May 2022
Sarah Sole

In the latest installment of a monthly blog series, Director of CSG's Center for Girls' and Young Women's Leadership, Dr. Emily Krichbaum, discusses the Senior May Program.

I’m not sure when this happens–but, at some point in our lives, we no longer want to associate with the beginner. Or, the joy of beginning.

We quickly dismiss our mistakes when we’re young because we know it's part of the learning process. But, then, there’s a shift. A stiffening, an intensity. A desire to take ourselves a little too seriously. And we only entertain what we are good at now. We lose the joy of exploration and new beginnings in the process.

As I write this, our Form XII students are celebrating one of their final days as a CSG student. One of the greatest gifts we can give our Seniors is the reminder that learning (and beginning, again and again) is a lifelong process. 

Starting this Monday, each Senior will embark on their Senior May Program. Whether it be studying alongside chemists, designing fashion, or learning ballet, Seniors have the opportunity to explore what they actually want to learn–not just the things they feel they should learn. In this way, a Senior’s May Program is truly an experiment in leisure.

Whatever your plans are for May, I encourage you to embrace the beginner’s mind because learning isn’t just for the young. And, to join the CSG community as we celebrate our Seniors and learn more about their programs at the Senior May Program Symposium on Thursday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater.