No, it is not the same. Yes, there are challenges. Definitely, students can experience meaningful engagement during remote learning as the girls in Mrs. Littlefield’s Minorities History class recently discovered.
Jacquette McGhee was a graduate of the Class of 1998 and took advantage of all Oldfields had to offer. She was All-school President, White Team Captain, head of Dubious, the a capella student singing group, a varsity athlete, and a talented thespian.
Jacquette attended Pepperdine University and went straight into the Peace Corps in Haiti. She then went into refugee and asylum work in Cuba, followed by the same work in the U.S. She has traveled the world for eight years processing refugees globally but has spent the most time in Syria.
Students were fascinated to hear about her path from an Oldfields student to a refugee officer for the Department of Homeland Security, and they loved her tales of travel around the globe. The passion Jacquette has for Oldfields and for her job was evident as she answered questions from our students. Jacquette credits Oldfields by exposing her to a global view and teaching her how to be an independent, strong, confident woman.
Jacquette epitomizes the power of Largeness of Heart, has affected hundreds of lives in such a powerfully positive way. Her closing remarks said it all, “Even though this is a challenging job, I do it, and I love it because I am helping humanity. When I see refugees in an airport or meet an Uber driver who is a refugee, they tell me their story, and every one of them is so deeply grateful for the chance to be in this country. I smile inside every time this happens. It makes me happy. That’s what keeps me going."
We can’t thank alumnae like Jacquette enough—not only for changing the world but for coming back to help our current Oldfields girls do the same.