Dimitry Doohovskoy ‘02
- St. Sebastian’s School ‘05
- Harvard University ‘09
I’m currently working on a travel project on a Finley Fellowship from Harvard University. The Finley Fellowship is a grant that gives recent graduates the opportunity to pursue a unique travel project on a particular theme or topic. My topic is building bridges between Orthodox Youth Groups in America and youth in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, and Greece, who are rediscovering or working to preserve their traditional cultural and religious roots. I believe that this common cultural and religious heritage can serve to be a powerful bridge for building cultural understanding between America and the above countries. I began my journey in Vladivostok, Russia, and have crossed the Far East, Siberia and the Urals, visiting over 50 cities, each for about four to five days. In each city, I meet with youth groups, students and seminarians and speak to them about America and about the Americans who share their cultural heritage. During the trip, I have stayed in churches, seminaries, monasteries, apartments and houses. The journey has been fast-paced and filled with interesting experiences, which I have been writing down in as much detail as I can!
Favorite Applewild Memories:
Tough to pick one FAVORITE out of many, many wonderful memories. Touch football at recesses, when Mr. Palmieri, the cook, used to come out and lob us deep Hail Mary’s- – that is definitely up there. I also strangely enough have great memories of Computer Lab time, when we’d all explore and really engage with SimFarm, Holiday Lemmings and all the other interesting interactive computer games that were just developing at that time. I also have wonderful memories of our drama productions, of gym, of mud season board games and winter basketball.
Mrs. Lent really had a big influence on helping me transition into a new school in third grade, but Mr. Mullins, and Mrs. Gregson also were very important for me as my homeroom teachers. Mr. Goodwin, the younger, was really a dynamic teacher of History; I really looked forward to the day’s “narrative” about Harold Hardrada, etc. I remember all of my teachers very fondly, and as people who did so much for me every day, encouraging me, REPRIMANDING me when necessary, and guiding my growth!
Looking back at Applewild, I realize its importance in my development as a student and as a person. I am ever grateful to those who gave me the opportunity to have such great teachers and such great friends! Applewild was a great preparation for high school and college. More than anything, it taught me to take responsibility for my own actions, as well as my own academic and personal growth. Those lessons ranged from the Science Lab to the Music Room to drama to the Art Studio to the Computer Lab to recess and back to the homeroom. Coming out of Applewild, I found myself a bit ahead of my peers in some respects, and was able to build upon this foundation through high school, and into college. I am very grateful to all my teachers for all their countless hours and minutes of effort and patience with me!
Another essential part of my Applewild experience was my classmates! What a wide range of incredibly talented kids! I learned plenty from each of them, not only directly, but even in the everyday exchanges and conversations, as we all learned to interact with each other not just as elementary school children but as developing young students and adults.
Posted: December 13, 2010