The Eggplant: Community Learns to Love Learning Community

The Learning Community, affectionately known as the “Pods,” has been better received than initially expected! When first told about the treacherous hike up the labyrinthine hill by the Murdough Athletic Center, many a “Oh, gosh darn!” and “Why, God, why?” were heard echoing through the halls of our fair, recently deceased Seymour Hall. Now that the #YearofthePods is finally upon us, however, students of Western Reserve Academy seem to be changing their tunes. Judy Yin ’19 smiled as she noted, “It’s just like being in an American public school! I feel like I’m in Mean Girls. The pods are so fetch!” Other students have echoed her poetic reflection. Ilyana Smith ’20 even said, “I have never been more thrilled about the state of my gams! I feel strong and empowered by that brief daily walk to and from that illustrious ‘city upon a hill.’”

Innumerable students have also commented on the unique and modern architecture. The vast white expanse brings to mind images of angels and the Italian Renaissance. The perfectly symmetrical box-esque dimensions seem to represent the idea of social constructs. Perhaps the architect was thinking of the expectations put upon students as symbolic of people being put into “boxes” and trying to be someone they are not. Some people have even compared the contemporary style to that of Frank Lloyd Wright, architect of the famous masterpiece, Fallingwater. Within all of these interpretations, one thing is for sure: the aesthetic beauty of the Learning Community is unparalleled. There is even word that the ghost of famed Renaissance artist Michelangelo has been so inspired by the architecture that he has been spotted hanging from the ceiling with paintbrush in hand. Whether this is a real supernatural sighting or simply WRA’s newest tall tale inspired by the aura of creativity that surrounds our very own pods, it is undeniable that the LC is aesthetically parallel to the artwork of the aforementioned Michelangelo, perhaps even more so.

Beyond its picturesque appearance and convenient location, the pods are obviously an environment conducive to the highest level of education. With its perfectly temperate rooms filled with the delightfully easy to use CleverTouch, the LC offers an ideal learning environment. Second only to the lack of power outlets that encourage back to the basics learning are the walls. The paper thin walls within the LC provide little to no soundproofing, allowing students to learn and engage with the classes occurring in the classrooms adjacent to theirs. Despite the initial apprehension about the trek, the pods turned out to be universally accepted as a swell alternative to Seymour Hall.

Arthur Aubergine ’00

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