As the summer and the TI Fellowship draws to an end, it has provided ample opportunities for reflection. Words cannot describe my gratitude for such a phenomenal program. From networking opportunities with Memphians in all fields, to volunteering and VIP treatment, my summer days could not have been spent any better. Additionally, the TI Fellowship has connected me to Memphis and all her wonderful opportunities both socially and Jewishly.
This week the fellows were given a unique opportunity to speak with physicist, writer, and social entrepreneur Dr. Alan Lightman. A professor of Humanities, Creative Writing, and Physics as well as best-selling author of Einstein’s Dreams and Mr g, he presented the Fellows and several community leaders with a seminar on science and religion. Comparing and contrasting religious and scientific ideas of a higher being, Lightman provided much to think about.
The fellows were also guests in the FedEx corporate suite at AutoZone Park for a fun-filled night with the Memphis Redbirds. Playing the Las Vegas 51’s, the Redbirds did not disappoint. We mixed and mingled with fellow Memphian Jews as well as Jews from all over the country that will begin their journey in Memphis through Teach for America. Being surrounded by so many different people and knowing that we are all connected by our religion, or even by long-distance relatives, is definitely a unique experience. Overall, this fellowship has reminded me personally just how important it is to live a full life. These past two months have certainly altered my outlook on life as I transition from my years as an undergraduate student to a professional cultivating my identity in the “real world.” I have realized just how important it is to not only feel successful in my profession but also in my personal life. I feel even more connected to not only those who helped and participated in this program, but to the city of Memphis and to my Jewish self.