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PRESIDENT’S BLOG

Pursuit #15: Rest and Be Thankful

By Bill Whitaker, Founding President
@BillWhitakerWJA

07/20/2017

"We ask a lot of our young men - and ourselves - throughout the 11 hour days for 11 months of the year and it is only with proper rest that everyone can rise to meet those expectations. "


“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” — Alan Cohen

For each of our 15 years the Washington Jesuit Academy has recognized the importance of this thought.  Students, faculty, and staff depart the hallways following our summer program to take a few weeks to recharge, reflect, and prepare to begin again in the fall.  We ask a lot of our young men - and ourselves - throughout the 11 hour days for 11 months of the year and it is only with proper rest that everyone can rise to meet those expectations. 

As part of our Formation class, the end of the year exercise focuses on reflection and our students are asked to discuss questions such as:

  • “What is something you did in school this year that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?”
  • “What is something you accomplished this year that you are proud of?”
  • “What was the most challenging part of this year for you?”
  • “What is one thing you will do differently next year to make it a better year?”

Pausing to take stock is something we all should do.  Quite often demands and responsibilities keep us from doing this.  As I, too, prepare for this time away, I know that I will be asking myself some of the same questions we asked our young men.  I will be taking stock of all that the Academy has accomplished over the past 15 years.  I will pause to appreciate everyone who has played a role in the success of WJA since the day we opened our doors.  And I will look forward to returning recharged and ready to see what is ahead for our 118 students in grades 4 through 8, our families, our over 250 alumni, our tremendous faculty, and our unrivaled supporters.