Embracing Diverse Opinions Josh Merritt Class of 2008
Iwas surprised at how well Interna- tional had prepared me for the rigors of college. To be hon- est, I even felt as if what I experienced at Interna- tional, both academi- cally and socially, was more challenging than anything I have experi- enced now. Whether it is researching and writing extensive papers, or challenging myself to
think beyond my initial thoughts
on a particular topic, International
has prepared me extremely well for
all of it.
Aside from the academic aspect,
International taught me not only to accept
diverse opinions, but also to embrace and
use them to strengthen my knowledge.
Because of this I am extremely eager to work
with individuals who I feel are different from me
in any way. Most important, International made
me eager to challenge myself, showing me that
oftentimes this is when I learn the most.
I’m extremely grateful for the support I received
from all of my teachers while at International. However,
there are a few who had a huge impact on my growth as
a person and a student. I’d like to send a huge thanks
out to Netta Maclean, Dina Srouji, Dan Rosenberg, Anna
Howe and Kate Goldberg. On the admissions side, I’d
like to thank Betsy Brody and Erin Cronin. Without these
people, I would not have been nearly as successful as I
was at International. The lessons that they have taught
me I still apply to my everyday life. They are wonderful
people and I am truly blessed to have had their support.
Josh recently graduated from Oberlin College, after fulfilling
the requirements for a Law and Society major and a minor
in Sociology. During the summer he stayed in Oberlin and
worked as a conference assistant through the residential
education department, and now plans to take one or two years
off before applying to law school. For his first year off, Josh will
be working with the City Year program in New Hampshire. As
for his second year, he is looking for work
that is more law-related.
Right: Josh Merritt in his International Jaguars basketball
uniform, circa 2005.