By: Sarah Palermo (LNH '18) - Communications Manager, NH Campaign for Legal Services
"Ok, slowly, slowly, lift the log - slowly - and up on the right. Stop!"
What stands out in my memory of our opening retreat for the LNH Class of 2018 are the voices of my classmates. Specifically, Rachel, and Karrie. That may be because they were my guides during two of our team-building games at Camp Merrowvista. Since I was blindfolded at the time, I really had to concentrate on their voices. Or else I'd knock something - or someone - over.
Our leaders during the opening retreat encouraged us all to use our voices, to share our thoughts and reflections with each other honestly. I don't think that will be a problem for this class - we were the best class ever, obviously, and, Heather assured us, the chattiest.
I was so interested in hearing all the difference voices asking complex questions and raising new points during our first sessions. And I was so proud to be part of chorus of grateful voices thanking the amazing kitchen staff at Merrowvista.
But I also remember Dr. Goldsberry telling us to listen for the voices that are missing in a conversation - diverse voices from New Hampshire's past, present and future. To listen to my classmates, and listen for the silence, the people who aren't at the table, and the ones who are there and aren't speaking.
And thanks to Dr. Morris, I thought about the voices of my own parents, whose sacrifices gave me opportunities and created the lens through which I see the world. I didn't get here from no where, and I'll have to consider my own opinions through that lens.