Fiona Reid


Prescott College Affiliation : Alumni


Program : Bachelor of Arts


Area of Study : Environmental Studies


Graduation Year : 2000


I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work for a local non-profit educational organization, the Highlands Center for Natural History, whose methods and mission I endorse wholeheartedly. I am now their education director and am responsible for programs that serve close to 8,000 children and adults each year. I continue to learn. I am inspired by knowing that this small community of staff and docents with whom I work is one of those that can indeed change the world, one child at a time. When I see the expressions in the children's eyes change from fear of creepy-crawlies to affection for them in a period of just a few hours out on our nature center sites, I know I'm doing the right work. My four years at Prescott College were some of the best in my life. Prescott College opened my eyes wide to the endless possibilities of life and the wonder of it all. I developed an enormous appreciation for why we think and behave the way we do in our western civilization. I learned about my place, my role in history. I truly realize the value of educating toward a sense of place, learning about "home" and yet understanding how the bigger systems shape our environment and us.


Advice to students: Believe in yourself and trust the process at Prescott College. Picture yourself doing what you dream of accomplishing, and keep that picture beside you. It's not all wine and roses, for sure, but that image you have of the future is what will move you forward, step by step. Work hard. Give it all you've got. It is a privilege to be part of this school. Don't take any of it for granted.

"... this small community of staff and docents with whom I work is one of those that can indeed change the world, one child at a time."


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