Alumni bring mindfulness, science, and life lessons to students

05/26/17 12:19:pm
| Category: Alumni

Alumna Ashley Felts '92-'96 came back to campus to lead our Room 5 students through a series of three meditation and mindfulness classes. In addition to her day job as lead strategist for Jaguar and Land Rover, Felts is an intuitive coach and meditation teacher. She took the students through a syllabus that incorporated different self-awareness practices to foster inner peace, intuition, personal power, deeper concentration and creativity. She highlighted the physical and emotional benefits of a meditation/mindfulness practice and guided them through a series of different exercises and techniques to help students find a practice that resonated with them.

Alum Dr. Paul Asimow '79-'81 came back to campus on March 20 to teach our Upper School 3 and 4 science classes. During his time with the students in Dr. Jay Fisch's classes, he taught them about plotting time on a linear scale, logarithmic time, and geological time. To help the students understand geological time, he gave examples of stratigraphy (the analysis of time via examining different layers of rocks and fossils) as well as dating rocks by radioactivity. At the end of class, Dr. Asimow passed around different rocks for the students to look at to understand what geological time looks like.

For more information on Asimow, click here.

Alum Nick Greif '95-'01 also came back to campus to lead a LEAP class for our Upper School students on April 13. He spoke to the students about life lessons and how to avoid regrets. He explained to the students that people look back on life and think the following:

1. "I wish i'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."

2. "I wish I didn't work so hard."

3. "I wish i'd had the courage to express my feelings."

4. "I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends."

5. "I wish I had let myself be happier."

He reviewed the statements with the students and they talked about how to avoid feeling this way.

Nick is Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu's Director of Policy and Legislation. Nick has led Ryu's policy team focused on the pressing topics of homelessness, mental health, education, traffic, and public infrastructure. For more information about Nick, click here.

Mirman School is so grateful for the continued engagement and involvement of our alumni community!