We may never experience a time in our lives like this again. These events offer unique opportunities for growth. We are going to hear from young people, find out what they’re experiencing and how they’re managing to find opportunities for growth. How are you using it?
ASK THE EXPERTS series: We all need ideas on how to best navigate this suddenly different world we find ourselves in. That's why we’re reaching out to experts to get their input on some existential questions.
Where to listen
ASK THE EXPERTS: Harvard Psychiatrist Talks Anxiety & Frustration
Los Angeles, CA: Oscar-nominee® Timothy Reckart, a director at Gaumont Animation, talks about how to get the creative juices flowing, why you shouldn't read the news when creatively problem-solving, and why it's a good idea to talk movies over with friends after you see one.
Timothy Reckart is best known for his animated short film Head Over Heels, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. He directed Sony Animation's The Star (2017), and is directing a new animated feature produced by Gaumont Animation and Netflix called High in the Clouds, based on Paul McCartney's book and music.
Boston, MA: Dr. Kevin Majeres, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and founder of OptimalWork.com, explains how to unlock the growth that awaits you in anxiety, distraction, and frustration.
Boston, MA: Dr. Karen Bohlin, head of Montrose School, explains how we can re-imagine our dreams in a time when planning for the future seems useless - and the ideal conditions for doing that dreaming.
Quotes from the episode:
“Remember that there is only one important time and it is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion." - Leo Tolstoy
"If man has one good memory of his childhood to go by, that may be enough to save him." - Fyodor Dostoevsky
"The important question is not, what will I get out of life, but how will I respond to what life is asking of me?" - Viktor Frankl
Washington, DC: MIT's Dr. Alice Stanton speaks with Mary T. Ortiz, PhD, Head of Oakcrest School in Vienna, VA. Drawing from her years as a leader in secondary education, Dr. Ortiz shares ideas about how young people, now removed from their usual routines and social circumstances, can become the best version of themselves. She offers suggestions about how they can find new meaning and purpose away from what, up until now, had been their normal life.
Boston, MA: MIT's Dr. Alice Stanton speaks with Jenny Driver, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Driver describes how she is coping with stress and anxiety as she tends to high volumes of COVID-19 patients.
London, UK: Emily is in year 11. She overcame the torpor and tedium of lock-down by starting a letter-writing campaign called: "Letters of Hope for Patients" (@lettersofhopeforpatients on Instagram). She explains how a number of patients, alone and isolated, now receive hopeful notes from her and others using the note-writing system she created.
Thousand Oaks, CA and Irving, TX: Bobby and Patrick are both juniors at the University of Dallas; the former is majoring in English and the latter in Philosophy and Classics. Suddenly finding themselves back with their families, the two friends discuss how they are tackling the challenges of being home-bound and forging ahead with their college academics and social life.
DETROIT, MI: Monica, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, and Rosie, her younger sister and a freshman in high school, share how the family that bakes together, stays together and finds happiness. They explain how baking can be lots of fun, a way to get your mind re-focused, and an easy way to give joy to others in the process. Follow them on Instagram at @cook_vid19.
LOS ANGELES, CA: Kate, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, explains how she stays positive and motivated in the unexpected circumstances she now finds herself in, i.e., away from college and back on the West coast with her family.