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Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Another article of mine from Our Kids..

Another question that sometimes comes up when parents are looking for a school for their their children is: what happens after an education at that school? Do the kids survive in the real world? How does the education effect the students’ lives after graduation?

Martina's band Dragonette

For me, I knew I wanted to be in the broadcasting industry in some way or fashion. I took a year off and then went to broadcasting school in Southfeld, Michigan. I then returned after my schooling to go to Trebas Institute here in Toronto since I got the music bug. I took music business and spearheaded my own concert promotions company for a few years.

Like myself, most Waldorf graduates are somewhere in the arts. We’re known for our musical talent.

Laura and Hunter Valentine. Laura is the one on the right..

Class of ‘98 Graduate, Laura Petracca is part of an all-girl band called Hunter Valentine. Meanwhile, other graduates like Emma Cook and Layah Jane are also inspiring musicians touring and selling their creative product.

Martina Sorbara, who graduated a year after me, is probably the most well known of the Waldorf music crew doing her folk solo thing for years now and part of an electropop group called Dragonette.

Other Waldorf graduates I know have went on to use their creative energy that they picked up at the school to be in graphic design, professional artists, and sculptures. However, not all Waldorfians leave the round school to pursue their art dream. Some have gone on to be in real estate, the computer industry, medicine and business.

Some Waldorifans head worldwide for their life long goals. Some take up backpacking around Europe or other parts of the world and work small jobs just so they can afford a place to stay and some food. It’s that Waldorf adventurous sense in them. The school creates that passion of wonder.

Whatever we end up doing, it’s not usual. There’s always a small Waldorfian reason behind our life goals. Waldorf seems to change us that way. Keeps us wanting that type of amsuement. Wonder. Curiosity. Passion for self accomplishment.

If you can see your child as being a creative genuis, definitely send them to Waldorf. They’ll cater to their needs better than most schools. If you don’t see that creative spark, you can still send them to Waldorf as they’ll most likely pick up something they haven’t thought of.

Most importantly, though: They’ll come out as a rounded invividual and will be a better person in the workforce because of it.

Do you have any ideas for future articles? Have any subjects you want me to tackle? Give me a shout at Famenator@gmail.com or via Twitter or Facebook. Feedback is always welcome and appreciated.

And oh yeah..Waldorf will be having an Open House later this month.

Editor’s Note: For all private school events see the Events Calendar or the weekly What’s On column.