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With a western New Year comes a new group of students entering the Presidio Graduate School community. The celebration of the New Year, whenever it may occur, often brings ideas of new hope, new beginnings, and the arrival of a fresh-learned perspective from the journey of the past year. The current winter season of the Northern Hemisphere also lends itself to a time for reflection, study, and preparation for new ideas to bloom and pollinate. With this season of awakening into a new spring, Presidio is thrilled to welcome the newest of our community as well as to apply the lessons learned from the past year for a greater online scholastic experience. 

Anyone reading this may already know that Presidians are anything but ordinary. In case there is an unfamiliarity with the exceptionality of Presidio students compared to those attending other MBA programs, let it be known that Presidians are drawn together by a mutual passion for making the world a better place. It is a rare occurrence in an individualistic society that opportunities arise to be a part of a collective where each individual is seeking alignment with a greater network of good—to better not only themselves, but the whole. Like a forest sustains itself through cooperation and compassion, so too does Presidio Graduate School. 

Presidians are often interested in ideas of biomimicry. We’re also no stranger to the term “fractal.” Considering the recent New York Times article “The Social Life of Forests” by Ferris Jabr, which observes that forests are working collaboratively, sharing resources, information, and surviving via cooperation rather than the age-old definition of evolution through competition. When inducted into the Presidio community, the new initiates are reminded that this is a community of collective collaboration vs. status quo colonial ideals of competition they might have encountered elsewhere. Perhaps Presidio, in its love of natural systems, has floated into the pattern of the forest, realizing that it is through a shared effort that we not only survive but thrive.

Even in the midst of a continued online-only graduate school experience, we are committed to creating community among students, alumni, faculty, and staff for the benefit of our collective future vision. In the spirit of connection and collaboration, it is our honor to introduce a few members of the incoming cohort who have also been kind enough to share their stories and experiences. We hope to continually highlight and celebrate our student body at length, and we hope you will return to our blog frequently for those updates. We have much to share this year, such as the addition of an online MPA program, a successful pilot of a program to help K-12 educators teach climate change in any classroom, a summer trimester, and the expansion of the student body network that comes along with each new adventure.

Learn more about our MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and Certificate programs, and then start a conversation with us!

About the Author / Heather Openshaw

As the owner of a long-standing vintage clothing business, Heather has years of experience in customer service. She formerly worked with the City of Nashville’s Public Works Waste Reduction Department to develop a county-wide recycling audit program. She is currently a dual MBA/MPA candidate at Presidio Graduate School with a focus on accessible and sustainable lifestyle design. She lives in Davis, WV.

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