On Sunday, October 29th, the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy held its first salon of the 2017-2018 academic year, only this time with a twist. The topic was community and the Academy’s first-year students were paired with their second-year counterparts. Add the Mayor of Iowa City Jim Throgmorton, a picturesque view of Sand Lake, and some local Mediterranean food and you have the makings for a very special night.
“We were an intimate group, and we spent the night laughing and reveling in the things that unite us.” – Rachel Farrier, student
Both first and second year classes were charged with identifying two or three “communities” they belonged to prior to the event. Over dinner, the students then engaged in a discussion on how these communities were selected, and the unique aspects and benefits of each.
“I valued the experience to meet the mayor of Iowa City and was extremely grateful that he took a genuine interest in what we were saying.” – Shayla Ides, student
The students ended the evening by sharing their thoughts with Mayor Throgmorton on what constitutes a great city. The Mayor eagerly listened to their questions and observations as well. “I think the role that communities play in our lives really form who we are,” concluded one student. “I loved learning what my fellow Bucksbaum members think about the concept of community,” resolved another. As the vans returned the students to campus, a growing sense of community traveled inside.