Bradford Lin

Hometown: Great Neck, New York

Role: Managing Editor

Who am I, and what does The Contour mean to me?

Before diving into what the Contour means for me and why global awareness matters to me, let me first introduce myself. I’ve lived on Long Island, New York for all of my life. I was born and raised in Garden City up until fourth grade, when I moved to Great Neck. I’ve made many friends in both Garden City and Great Neck, in the process realizing that even for two towns less than fifteen miles apart, the culture and traditions of two places are often vastly different. I find it exceedingly important to be able to empathize with those that are different than us—and that includes those on the other side of the world. The best way to start doing this is by educating oneself on global affairs.

Growing up, I quickly realized that behind each news story are real people, people who have their own contributions to make to the world. I realized that I am connected to this global community. As managing editor, I hope to spread global awareness to those around me, especially other Lawrentians. I also hope to help other Lawrentians develop their passions for meaningful journalism. Students are Lawrenceville are no doubt very busy. We are all mired in our respective “Lawrenceville bubbles.” And while it is important to be on top of student life, I think that it is equally important to be aware of events that occur outside of Lawrenceville around the globe. The Contour is unique because it is a platform for busy people to read concise and well-written global news.

I believe that at Lawrenceville, students are prepared to become proactive global citizens. Through the Contour, I know an inkling of what someone on the other side of the world is experiencing, and as managing editor, I hope to promote a similar sense of global awareness to other students.