Every morning the view from my seat in Chapel allows me to see the profile of our chapel speaker standing to address close to five hundred girls and teachers. Most often this speaker is a student, and I can watch her take a deep breath and adjust the microphone as she begins. I see her look up at sea of faces in front of her, holding her place on the page with her fingers while she concentrates on expressing her unique message that she has so carefully prepared. I can also see her wiggle her knees or kick her foot behind the podium releasing a little nervous energy. I observe her smile at her peers acknowledging an inside joke, and I also notice the momentary pause or the catch in her voice as she says something that is hard to say but is her truth. When she finishes, I see her shoulders roll back just a bit as she takes a moment to receive the applause of her friends and faculty, and then the combination of relief and pride as she turns to take her seat.
Maybe it's my imagination, but I also believe that I can see her see herself in a new light as someone who has found her voice and is learning how to share her voice with the world.
Katherine McQuiston Bush '93
Chaplain and Director of Religious Studies