Earlier this month, I traveled to Virginia and Washington, D.C. to connect with Darlington alums. From Richmond, to Farmville, to Bethesda, to Capitol Hill, I had the pleasure of hearing from alumni who span seven decades of graduating classes ranging from the Class of 1953 to the Class of 2012.
As I keenly listened to the stories and updates from each alum, concerning both their time on campus and their paths post-Darlington, it was incredible to learn more about each graduate. The variety of educational pursuits, life experiences, and careers that these alums described was especially intriguing.
In my visits, I connected with an educator, a politician, multiple lawyers, a technology consultant, a financier, a political consultant, an economist, a pastor, a magazine editor, a mill owner, and a benefits administrator. Furthermore, each of these alum's Darlington tenure ranged; some were “Dar babies,” others were four-year boarders, and one was even enrolled at Darlington for a single, post-grad year.
Regardless of their duration on campus or their specific career path, I heard repeatedly from these alums how “Darlington taught me how to critically think,” how Darlington “sparked my lifelong pursuit of serving others,” and how “I made lifelong friends at Darlington.” Meeting after meeting, chat after chat, it was a pleasure connecting with this group of alumni, and it was especially rewarding hearing about their affinity for their alma mater.
All said, whether six miles from campus or 658 miles from campus (the distance to D.C.), it is quite apparent that Tiger Pride runs deep. Many thanks to the alums with whom I connected! I eagerly await the next stop on my traveling tiger tour!