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Alumni Spotlight: Christina Moser

From the March 22, 2012 edition of The Weekly Post

Photos submitted by Christina Moser

In 1994, I began at Post Oak as a primary student in Ms. Wallen’s class. My memories are a bit faded (I was only four), but I do remember the guidance, trust, and friendships that were just beginning to flourish in my early years. I would continue on at Post Oak until my 8th grade graduation in 2004, where I found myself in a bittersweet graduation ceremony with swollen red eyes as I said goodbye to a place that was practically home. That August I would attend the High School for Performing and Visual Arts with a focus in visual arts, a talent of mine that was always encouraged while at Post Oak. In 2008 I excitedly began college at The University of Texas, where I am finishing up my last semester as a design major and am preparing for graduation and whatever life brings next.

When I look back on my academic career, it is clear that Post Oak has played a significant role that always manages to stay relevant with the happenings of my life. For instance, a few months ago I was on the search for an internship. At the end of an interview, while my confidence was high and after the stress had dissipated, my interviewer (now boss) earnestly asked, “Why do you think the way you do?” I didn’t understand. Were my answers in my interview unusual from the norm? I sat, puzzled, attempting to digest, analyze, and condense the way I personally function and think into a simple answer. Obviously that didn’t happen. While leaving, the question lurked in my thoughts. To help solve the bewildering question, I called two people who know me pretty well: my parents. While on the phone, one of the first things my mother suggested that played a major role influencing my thoughts and how I view the world came from my Montessori education (and of course some good parenting and my natural disposition). We talked about it for a while, and I thought it over some more, only to agree. Those initial years are so integral to development and how an individual will later view the world. Growing up Montessori, we are taught from all perspectives of life, that each person is her own unique being, and academia is not as straightforward as books may like us to believe. We are taught through experience, personal investigation, and a desire to acquire knowledge.

When talking to friends about our respective childhood educations, I often notice that my story is different. I begin by talking about my middle school experience while at Post Oak. The awkward years most people attempt to forget, I remember fondly. I remember getting to school early every Monday one semester to feed the homeless with my classmates and understand the joys of giving back to the community. I remember giving my first presentation, voice trembling, hands sweating, and terrified of standing alone while the class listened. I remember learning about organic farming, Native American traditions, and learning how rain can be caught and filtered into drinking water during our stays at Blackwood Land Institute. Brief snippets of memories that, when talked about within a group of Post Oak alums, can transfigure into hours of conversation. I feel fortunate that I can look back on my academic life and would gladly relive my years while at Post Oak.

Now, a few months from graduation, a new horizon is before me. I’ll admit that I am nervous, but simultaneously excited. I am eager for new challenges and a world I have yet to explore. The passion for learning and understanding instilled in me from my Montessori roots will continue. I know I have not completely answered the question, “Why do you think the way you do?” I still have some inner understanding to work through; however, I do know, thanks to my years at Post Oak, that I am confident in myself because I have a strong foundation to support the growth of my future.