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Bon Voyage Jennifer McGrew ‘13

McGrew3.jpgIn early 2013, Jennifer McGrew ‘13 wrote a column in The D lamenting her “four-year struggle of torment” in Hanover. She described her undergraduate years as replete with “harassment” and “mental abuse from fellow students” who treated her “like a second-class citizen,” and she concluded that “I cannot wait to get my Dartmouth diploma, walk across the stage and gaze at the Green for the last time.”

When later in the year McGrew posted on her LinkedIn page that she had signed on to work as a Community Outreach Coordinator in the College’s Career Services Office, this space wondered what had led to such an evolution in her attitude towards Dartmouth. Our post was entitled McGrew Sees the Green. At the time, I wrote to McGrew asking what had brought about her change of heart. I received no response to my query, until yesterday:

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What to make of this letter? Gone is McGrew’s self-pitying (you will recall that the evidence of oppression cited in her D piece was rather slight). In its place, we find resolve and ambition. Good for her. Perhaps this space’s effort to hold McGrew to a high standard — even though stinging at first — was understood by her as respectful, as was my intention. If she now has toughened up and wants to show us all the things that she is capable of doing in this world, then Dartblog will follow her progress closely in the coming years.

Perhaps the President of the United States will choose Jennifer McGrew to be her Secretary of Education in 2032. Jennifer might even address the Class of 2033 at its Commencement. I, for one, would not be surprised if the Dartmouth administration invited her to do so.

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