As members of Colby’s Class of 2022 prepare to venture into the future, historian and Haynesville Fellow '21 Arnout van der Meer wants them to know one thing. Life isn’t a linear path. In fact, it can be rather messy.
“We have this notion that life is intentional, a simple series of actions and consequences,” said van der Meer, associate professor of history. “Life doesn’t work this way.”
But if history and teaching have taught van der Meer anything, it’s that students will find their way to an unexpected destination. And they’ll be fine. Even in the uncertain times in which we’re living.