Life is a Bowl of Starbursts
As I walked out of class, I reflected on the piece I wrote about my mother and her pin. I sipped my coffee and walked by the Fisher Fountain in Red Square and wondered what object I could think about, write about, and relate to Extended Education. Several objects flipped through my mind, but I settled on a square glass dish and its colorful contents, Starbursts. This dish sits in an office on the second floor. It is carried into meetings, and raided throughout the day. The glass dish, transparent, displays a range of colors and flavors. Each hand that reaches into the dish seeks out favorites – lemon, orange, strawberry, and cherry. The dish is often placed on the table to ease the blow of a difficult meeting or as a celebration for a job well done. It is also a little sweet pick-me up after a long, stressful day.
What I love most about this glass dish of candy is how it is shared by all the people in Extended Education. Everyone knows where it is and knows that they can just pop by the office and announce, “I’m just here for a Starburst.” It also finds itself in various meetings whether it is the directors meeting or a program creative brainstorm meeting. As we work together as a team, the table is decorated with Starburst wrapper confetti. The candy provides a level of playfulness within the serious nature of our work. This is what I think about with Extended Education. We work hard, and have a lot on our plates as we strive to serve the University, but we also like to have fun and enjoy laughing together.