“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
most universal language I know is soccer.
I step into a pickup soccer game anywhere around the world, I enter into a
brief, informal social contract. At
first, male players eye me warily as I walk onto the field asking if I can play,
then gradually the game unfolds.
friendships form as players learn each other's styles. Trust emerges as the
team settles into a rhythm. My teammates, many of whom have never before played
fútbol with a woman, realize they can pass me the ball and I won't let the team
is when I'm in my element. Nothing gives
me so much satisfaction as the moment I gain the trust of a group of guys who
just five minutes ago rolled their eyes when I walked up to the field.
take this universal spirit of soccer with me when I live and work abroad in
cultures, countries, and industries where I may not be what people expect. I
will let my enthusiasm and results prove that I deserve a place in the game. I've
learned that a willingness to work hard and have fun can win over teams in even
the most difficult of situations.
if I can't always speak in "soccer," I will carry its lessons with me everywhere.
— Amalia della Paolera
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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