Figuring out who you are and how you want to be in the world doesn't happen overnight. It's part of a lifelong exploration — a willingness to try new things, even if that's not what everyone else is doing. Our students tell us that finding yourself requires patience and flexibility: don't worry if your journey doesn't go according to plan, they advise — you'll know when you've found what you're looking for.
Three unopened boxes sit in the middle of a table in the Press Room, a space at EXPLO often used for large gatherings. Eric Edwards, System Administrator and Army Veteran, stands in the middle of the room, hand leaning on one of the lids of a box, eager to open it.
Eric Edwards is well known at the Headquarters for leaving any EXPLO potluck event with an empty dish — his cooking skills are just that good. People talk about his Turkey Tikka Masala well after Thanksploration, wonder how he makes his homemade soy sauce (which complemented an impromptu dumpling party in the warehouse last year), and eagerly await his pulled pork every year at our Holiday Party. Cooking aside, Eric is the System Administrator at EXPLO, helping us with just about any piece of technology you can imagine. We chose Eric as our Headquarter Highlight this week not only because he is an IT wizard, but also to celebrate his service in the U.S. Army infantry. We wanted to take a moment to thank him for his service this upcoming Veterans Day.
At EXPLO, we teach students both in and outside the classroom how to effectively use their voices by engaging each other in substantive and civil conversation on issues important to them. Today, on Election Day in the United States, where individuals come together from diverse backgrounds with different opinions, families, cultures, and religions, we celebrate using our voice and our vote. It is an important day as it allows U.S. citizens to exercise one of the most meaningful rights and responsibilities they have for themselves and to their nation.
There’s a reason we all like to be right — and perhaps it’s more biological than you think. According to Judith Glasser from the Harvard Business Review, “in situations of high stress, fear or distrust,“ a neurotransmitter called “cortisol” floods the brain and, as a result, brain functions that help with things like trust-building and compassion can completely shut down.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at the Exploration Center! Being an organization that loves imaginative play, experimentation, and all things orange, it's no wonder we take this holiday so seriously year after year.
From ghoulies, and ghosties, long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, happy Halloween from EXPLO Studio.
The most innovative ideas were born under constraints. When faced with a blank canvas, you may easily be intimidated — even paralyzed — by limitless possibilities. Given a problem to solve, however, you're much more likely to find that your creative output is multiplied.
In a small town outside of London, located at the junction of two ancient roads, sits Sevenoaks School, one of the oldest lay foundations in England. Sevenoaks was founded in 1432 — well before individuals like William Shakespeare were writing (or perhaps plagiarizing) some of the finest work in the English language. Since then, Sevenoaks has become known as one of highest ranked co-educational environments in the world, serving a diverse and talented international student body.
So, what does a small boarding school in London and an educational think tank in Boston have in common? You’d be surprised.
More and more, we are beginning to see a rising number of adolescents who, in striving for excellence, have developed elevated levels of stress.