“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Keep the mountains tall.
As a kid I spent a lot of time outdoors in California. I’ve backpacked along the Lost Coast, clambering from the base of a trickling, fern-covered ravine to the top of a windswept highland overlooking the Northern Pacific. I spent ten days once in a kayak among the San Juan islands, camping each night in a different inlet, surrounded by otters and whales. Another time, sleeping under the stars in the badlands of Utah, we had to scramble on top of our van to escape a herd of wild burros pounding across the desert in the darkness.
Times like these made me feel small next to the vastness of the world. But contact with absolutes – high mountains, large oceans, and wild creatures – also brought tranquility, a sense of balance from grasping my true scale.
Observing our unabated exploitation of natural resources, I’ve come to believe we’ve lost this sense of balance — and that slowing the pace of drastic climate change is one of the great tasks my generation must embrace. Recognizing too the broad advances in human welfare that commerce enables, I want to work in business and government to further an inclusive, sustainable future – one that creates opportunity while preserving the earth's magnificence.
I want my kids, and all kids, to experience the wonder of feeling gloriously small. I want to keep the seas from rising, so that the mountains stay tall.
— Nick Gerry-Bullard
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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