“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
have a special place in my heart for McDonald's.
the Happy Meals or golden fries. I value the opportunity that McDonald's
provided my family.
dad started work there at age sixteen, and my mom joined soon after. Both worked hard, saved every penny, and fifteen
years later, launched their own store.
My dad would open at 5am, and my mom would close at 11pm. On tough weeks, they struggled just to make
McDonald's career started at age eight.
First wiping tables. Then pouring
drinks. By high school, I too could open at 5am or stay late to lock up at
11pm. I grew up in McDonald's – seeing
firsthand the building blocks of opportunity.
Hard work, sacrifice, and support for one another.
retired my McDonald's uniform many years ago.
I won’t retire the learning: opportunity
is a precious gift, but one best shared.
I will dedicate my life to help create opportunity for those who seek it.
have a special place in my heart for the sixteen-year-old kid with a dream.
— Ryan Kennedy
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
More Portrait Project