Noah S. ’17 has it all figured out. The Computer Science major has his course load for the next three years and he knows starting his own company after he receives his Masters is his best path to achieve his goals. More importantly, Noah understands the importance of failure to learn success. This principle was demonstrated this week as the Winchendon School alumnus continues his work interning in the School’s IT Department.
Mentored by Pete Blais (Director of IT) and Rick Jette (Systems Support), Schultz has spent his summer crawling under desks, exploring basements and utility closets, and braving hot attics to work annual IT projects. The projects included installing new phones. While monitored by Blais, Schultz connected the phone line. He tells the story like this:
“I really think using failure to teach is totally a good way to learn. Mr. Blais just did that with me. I was installing a phone line. When I was done he asked me if I thought if the phone would work. Of course, I thought I had done it correctly! He had me try it out and it didn’t work. He let me make the mistake in the connection and then we worked backward so I could discover where I made my error.”
In reflecting on the exercise, Blais summed it up best on Instagram, “#learningneverstops #thisisschool #wapitiway.”