This piece is as much reflections on my education as a continuing graduate student as well as my role as a history and social studies teacher at an independent Waldorf high school. Scandals like last year's Operation Varsity Blues bring to the fore the role of socioeconomic status and inequality at elite institutions of higher … Continue reading How My Family Helped Me Break Into the Ivy League (The Short Version)
Welcome to my professional page. I’m Stephen McDonald. I am, in no order of consequence: a writer, a photographer, an explorer, an Americanist cultural and historical scholar, a Progressive Christian and a devoted father a much beloved daughter. (Maybe the best for last!) This page will include my thoughts, queries, musings and links to my … Continue reading Introduction to My Latest
Good day, all! I'm celebrating another small victory, or perhaps large victory. A little more than one year ago, I set out to return to school and complete my degree with the ambition of continuing onwards to law school. Last weekend, I took my Law School Admission Test, or LSATs. Three hours of problem solving … Continue reading It’s Really Happening.
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Another school year begins! I'm excited and glad to be back this term. Work-life balance has kept me pretty busy over the summer; that and studying for my LSATs, which are now only a few weeks away. Im sitting here in a campus dining hall, in my mid-thirties, and remembering just how depressed, sad and … Continue reading Back to School!
Why do I keep the Serenity Prayer on my blog? The Serenity Prayer is a constant reminder of the three things the God can provide: Peace, Strength and Wisdom. That through the Lord Jesus Christ - through the strength, serenity and wisdom that His teaching provides - are all things possible. I have returned to … Continue reading A Great Semester … Summer time!!!
Welcome to my blog! I am Stephen, also known as "Bear", or here as "The Non Trad Dad", and here is where I chronicle my journey as a working professional, a father, a writer, an ordained minister and a returning non-traditional adult student. I have re-matriculated at a local college where I first began my … Continue reading Introduction: About Me and My Blog