Mapping the Journey
Freshman students have been creating Life Maps for over 10 years now, and they have all turned out quite exceptional. Eidann Thompson-Brown, a current seminar student, worked on her Life Map for three weeks. “It took a lot of time and energy, but it was worth it in the end,” she says. Her Life Map was a graph of her life with high points and low points. It turned out very visually appealing and organized.
9th grade seminar teachers Lydia Maier and Cathie Connors believe that Life Maps inspire students to think about the events that have shaped them and to consider their future aspirations. Life Maps give students the opportunity to realize the goals and dreams they have for their lives, and inspire students to want to reach them. “When you’re about to set out on an adventure, and I really think of high school as a journey, you want a map,” she says. “I think starting Upper School presents a great opportunity for students to embrace new challenges but they also need to honor the things they’ve done in their lives that have shaped them so they can draw on those inner resources.” Life Maps can help students see the strengths that have brought them to where they are now.
These Life Maps are presented to one another in seminar groups. One seminar student, Rawha Michael, pointed out, “I enjoyed seeing other people’s Life Maps because there are so many different interests and goals that people have and it was neat to get to know other people.” Presenting these Life Maps gets students to recognize others’ unique accomplishments. There are also so many different ways students interpret the assignment to craft a Life Maps. Some are 3D mobiles made of well-loved belongings, some are on-line, and one was even edible. “These are totally creative ways of thinking about your life,” Lydia Maier says.