Ryan Eberts '04
August 22, 2012
Photo by Jonathan Munshi.
English teacher, Christian Service Society Home of Blessings, Bangladesh
What I love most about what I do: To walk into a school of 1,100 orphans and be greeted with a swarm of love is an unequaled experience. Their enthusiasm for learning and unfading happiness inspire me.
The most challenging part of my work: The Bangladeshi educational system is chiefly
based on memorization and employs corporal punishment. Corporal
punishment does not happen in my classroom, and I replaced
memorization with an atmosphere in which kids are encouraged to speak,
think creatively and ask questions.
How Dickinson prepared me for what I do: More than anything, Dickinson professors taught me how to approach problems or situations from a multitude of routes. Straightforward and efficient isn’t always the best way of navigating a challenge.
My favorite professor: Professor
Edward McPhail [economics]. He is a great example of an educator who is
thoughtful, intelligent, witty, engaging and compassionate.
The accomplishment I'm most proud of
today: I helped build a school for 200 village girls. They
had every disadvantage one could think of, and knowing that they
are empowered now is something that keeps my heart beating.
What "engage the world" means to me: It's
important to engage your world, because everyone
creates the world around them. Genuine effort in whatever work
fulfills you is more important than geography.
My favorite activity at
Dickinson: I feel lucky to have been a part of such
a close swim team, and I still e-mail daily with the guys from the
team. Holiday dinners were unforgettable. To walk
out of a hard practice and into a room with hills of bread and good
food touched on some childish dream that I remember fondly.
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