5 Questions 4: John Hughes

As Director of Lawrenceville’s Experiential Learning Program, John Hughes has been everywhere – so where would he like to travel? Where’s the one place he thinks every Lawrentian should visit? And what super power would he most like to have? All this and more in 5 Questions 4.
If you could have all-expenses paid trip anywhere, where would you go?
Wow, this is a tough question. I am lucky to be well traveled and yet the world is so vast and diverse that there are still so many amazing places and cultures that I have yet to experience. When traveling personally, I try to plan itineraries that include natural wonders and adventure, historical significance, cultural learning, and culinary exploration. How to choose? It would have to be a new destination for me, something worthy of all-expenses paid. This feels like a blank check so…a month-long sailing trip starting in Turkey, out around the Aegean to Greece, and then up the Adriatic to Croatia.
Can you think of one place you wish every Lawrenceville student could visit?
It would have to be a destination that invites our students to confront misunderstandings, assumptions, and important global issues, a place that could also contribute to their own growth as empathetic leaders. The challenge is that our students are already so diverse with a wide range of experiences. So I really can think of only one great equalizing place: The Lawrenceville School Camp.
If you had a choice of any super power, which would you select?
Flight - I often have dreams about flying. To fly in real life would be exhilarating. Plus, the convenience of avoiding traffic would make it both a stress reducing and a sustainable super power.
What person, no longer living, would you most like to meet?
I immediately think about Walt Whitman, Ansel Adams, and Mark Twain. Obviously, there is a connection to the American experience and a love of nature found in each of their works. I would probably laugh the most with Twain so I choose him.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?"
An acoustic guitar and a copy of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
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