Suzy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Team T.B.D.

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Felton, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 10

  • ON DVD:

SUZY CLARK

Director
Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School

“If you truly embrace the struggle, or the challenge, or the change, or the suffering-whatever it may be-through that surrender to it, you then move through it, because you allowed yourself to be changed by it.”

INTERESTS:

Education Environment & Nature

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Experience Pressure Transitions Character Struggle Fulfillment Hobbies & Pastimes Planning Individualism Exploration Choices Community Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

biology, challenges, change, fear, helping others, identity, in the moment, not knowing, odd jobs, outdoors, priorities, relationships, research, risk, self discovery, slow down, surrender, teaching, unemployment, zip lining

BIOGRAPHY:

  • She grew up next to a river, surrounded by the forests.
  • Throughout all of her early work-whether she was studying biology, teaching middle school, or writing curriculum-she missed the outdoors.
  • As director of Mount Hermon, she's combined her interests in teaching and biology, and spends most of her time outdoors amongst the redwoods.
  • Learned a lot about taking risks from the experience of ziplining: sometimes, you have to just step off the platform and trust your line.
  • Ziplining taught her to be present in the moment, and also to recognize every moment as having great potential.
  • Says you can do anything once you get a good grasp on who you are as a person.
  • She says who she is isn't about what she does; she actually learned the most about herself while she was unemployed.
  • Tells road-trippers your 20s are about having experiences so you can know who you are, what you're made of, and what you want to be about.

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