Posted On: Wednesday, April 16 09:00 AM, by Camille Stiegler
L-R: Sarah and her Epsilon Iota sisters.
A bit less than a year removed from Westminster College and Theta life as a collegian, I want to share a special story. I am a teacher at an inner-city, alternative high school in Kansas City, Mo. My students are those who have not been successful in a traditional school, and they come to DeLaSalle Education Center with mostly negative mentalities about school, their abilities, and teachers.
The other day, a student expressed to me her interest in going to law school one day, despite being a female, despite being a Hispanic, despite having English as her second language, despite potentially being the first female in her family to graduate from high school, let alone further her education. I told her that I had a friend in law school, and I would see if she had any advice. Sarah Jane Humphreys, another Epsilon/Iota member, also graduated from Westminster last year and is a first-year law student at Emory University. Despite having countless hours in class, countless pages of reading, countless assignments of writing, and somewhat of a personal life (if any time remained at all for that!), Sarah took the time to lay out 10 pieces of wisdom of "How to survive law school" to give to my student. A girl who she has never met. A girl who is thousands of miles away from her. A girl who could just have easily meant nothing to her.
But my student does not mean nothing to Sarah. Because she is my student. Sarah's love for me extends beyond myself to those who I care about as well. To a 15-going-on-16-year-old from inner-city Kansas City. Maybe she will never graduate high school. Maybe she will not get in to college. Maybe she will not get in to law school. Maybe she will never be hired by a firm. But that isn't what's on the mind of your Theta sister. Your Theta sister is only thinking, "How can I best help out (insert any Theta sister's name here)?"
A year ago today, I was student teaching and pretty much over college. However, it feels unimaginably good to know that each connection and lesson from Theta can transcend senioritis and all the drama that comes with it. Theta lasts well beyond all of that beautiful nonsense.
Thanks again, Sarah!
Camille Stiegler, Epsilon Iota/Westminster, graduated last year and teaches high school in Kansas City, Mo.