Miquon exposed me to the stars. During our sixth grade camping trip at Lynn and Tony’s house, Tony offered to get up in the middle of the night with anyone who wanted to look at the stars through his telescope. Robbie Stevens ’81 and I took him up on the offer. As far as I know it was the first time I looked through a telescope, and following that experience I developed an interest in astronomy, went on to major in Astronomy and Physics in college, and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.
Miquon also ignited my interest in the law. I took a Law minicourse while at Miquon, perhaps the first year minicourses were offered. After working on the Hubble, I shifted gears and went to law school, beginning a career in law–first in practice, now as a law professor. I do not know how direct a link these Miquon experiences played in my career choices; at a minimum they enriched emerging connections.
The formal answers above, however, do not convey Miquon’s full influence on children’s development. I moved back to Philadelphia in 2007 with two young children (Evelyn ’12 and Isaac ’15), and my wife and I decided (quite easily) to send them to Miquon. Experiencing Miquon as both a student and then parent allowed me to understand better how Miquon helps children realize their true passions and creates lifelong learners. Miquon nurtures kids’ curiosity, confidence, and creativity, and develops young people who are unafraid to explore new ideas and new experiences. I saw these influences on my own children and believe Miquon imparted these wonderful gifts to me as well.