Allison Huang

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Allison Huang ’17

hometown: Princeton, NJ

role: Managing Editor

What this publication means to me:

The making of this publication has been a personal journey for me. The Contour was my brainchild, but I can not claim that the idea was mine. It began with a long draft of hastily crafted proposals emailed to co-Managing Editor Scott Newman, expanding on the ideas and practices of a former History teacher.

Many in Lawrenceville have tried in the past to create clubs and organizations in which to discuss and learn about current events, simply because the obligation to know more about the current world is one shared by many.

When I first walked into Lawrenceville, the prospect of being a boarding school student loomed unfamiliarly. But two years at Lawrenceville were enough to mold even greater shoes to fill: my role as a global citizen.

I have to thank Lawrenceville for prompting me to rediscover my identity as someone who will continue to question her placement in the world. As one who is deeply spiritual, I believe in a greater picture. What role does Lawrenceville have to play in bringing me towards an ultimate vocation?

If anything, I would wonder why History Master Dr. Erik Chaput was to be the first mentor to nurture my love of history as I rediscovered it from a global, non-Eurocentric view in the course “Forces that Shaped the Modern World.” Or how former History Master Dan O’Dea imparted to my class a weekly obligation of presenting a news event. The melding of what I learned from each mentor, the significance (and beauty) of history and the prominence of current events, gave me a new outlook on the grand, convoluted and exciting timeline of the universe. This dual instruction from two impactful teachers in the same year on a course about global connections was just too much of a sign: I chose to make something of it.

I realized that my role as a global citizen begins now. School is not a shelter from the realities experienced by others. Instead, this publication (which is an extension of myself) must become a conduit of reality in order to transform the Lawrenceville community into a community that truly values global consciousness.

Perhaps it is my own big head that believes that we are the world’s future global leaders and that we cannot go about making the same mistakes leaders have made in the past. How would Rwanda’s situation in 1994 have been different if our leaders took the time to understand the people and cultures they were dealing with in Central Africa? How would it be different today if leaders cared to understand the ideology of Muslim states and their true motivations?

I would even go so far to say that it is our burden to understand what is going on around the world, since we have been gifted with the facilities to expand our horizons and dig deeper. Why are we at a school like Lawrenceville, where Harkness and independent thought is cherished? Why are we the lucky 860 teenagers with the privilege to learn in a safe and provocative environment? And then–what is our role in this ephemeral world?

If these thoughts have ever passed your mind, then you are on the right track.

Happy Reading,