This week we are introducing a new AIA team member — David Fefferman!
David is our Online Strategy Director and a valuable member of the AIA team! Below are his perspective on educaton and the importance of sharing that privilege with others:
” I was never really a fan of formal education — with all of its homework, studying, paper fudging and snooze-inducing classes. School sucked. Don’t get me wrong, I played the game and did pretty well for myself, but the class subjects always felt trivial and the concepts too theoretical.
…And then I graduated college.
It’s funny looking back on the days of my education and realizing, now, with that stereotypical 20/20 vision, just how great I had it and how incredibly privileged I was. There’s so much to extract from an education beyond the drudgery I often found myself moping about.
I learned not only things, but how to learn things. I learned to navigate obstacles and keep focused on an end goal. I was enlightened to the fact that I can be wrong (go figure) and learn from being wrong. And, in my eyes, the most important opportunity afforded me by formal education was the environment — comprised of the people who I’ve grown up with and still learn from. They are people I probably would have never met had it not been for the academic environment that forced us to make initial contact and interact. Heck, I met the individuals who I started my first serious businesses with, GrubUp and CloudChow. Back in my high school days, I even met Brendan Callahan of Achieve In Africa.
What’s kind-of strange is that I think I knew how privileged I was all along – even as the horrifying midterms and arduous reports consumed my weekends. I knew that one day I would look back on my academic years and realize how lucky I was and how silly it was of me to even consider taking the precious gift of an education for granted. There are so, so many less fortunate than me, with less opportunities than me, and no reason for anyone to force them to finish their homework every night.
And that’s why I got involved in Achieve In Africa.”