The Extended Classroom

21 Feb

While students (in any era) mainly seek education confined to a classroom setting opportunities arise on campus to aid them in furthering their education or to allow them to apply the knowledge they have gained thus far. Such opportunities existed in the 1930’s.

One such opportunity arose on January 11, 1932. The Bullet reported this story on January 28, 1932 under the headline “Conduct Classes In First Aid: Under the Auspices of American Red Cross”. Dr. Otis Marshall, a representative of the American Red Cross, came to F.S.T.C to lecture for an hour and a half for two weeks straight. A total of 75 students attended the lectures and would receive their Red Cross certificate upon completion. While the article focuses mainly on Mr. Marshall himself, the un-named student reporter did note “…that a man who could hold the interest of so large a group, who were not to receive college credit for the course, must have a most pleasing personality, and the students must have felt that it was very much worthwhile”. This is just one example on how educational opportunities existed outside the credit classes offered by the school.

Students were also given opportunities to apply knowledge gained inside the classroom to outside the classroom. The Bullet reported on October 23, 1935, that a “Class Holds Clinics“. A ‘Foot Clinic’ was offered for free to the entire student body after it was learned that “…seventy-five percent of the students here have foot defects…”. The clinic was operated twice a week where alternating students in the Individual Gymnastics and Massage class would advise and treat any ailing student under the constant supervision of Mildred Scott, the college physician.

Opportunities exist all over campus where students can continue their education or even apply their knowledge to the good of all on campus. Take note Mary Washington and look for such opportunities all around!

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