Welcome to Roads Taken, the show that reminds us that you don’t have to know exactly where you’re going, you just need to be open to the adventure that awaits.
In each episode, Leslie Jennings Rowley will talk to her guests—each headed down the road to their 25th college reunion—about who they were as they graduated, who they thought they’d be, and how they’ve traveled down various roads to get where they are today.
Mid-life crises? Maybe. Exactly where they thought they'd be? Rarely.
In the end, each of their stories will show us what Robert Frost was trying to tell us: It doesn’t really matter which way we turn….
a full life awaits, regardless of the ROADS TAKEN.
Learning by Doing: Carrie Kuss on walking down the roads and feeling the fit
Aspiring lawyer Carrrie Kuss took the opportunity to try out the profession during a stint as a paralegal. But the unorthodox type of support she ended up giving her partner uncovered the career she never knew she was made for. Find out how walking down a path is sometimes the only way to figure out the fit.
What do you want?: Wendi Potter McKenna on doing the impossible and helping others do the same
When Wendi Potter McKenna got a diagnosis of an athletic career-ending injury, she wasn't willing to accept it. Instead, she found a physical therapist who was willing to get her where she wanted to go. In the process, she realized she wanted to do that for others. Find out how knowing what you want and not taking no for an answer is as much about listening as it is about determination.
Independent Streak: Bill Tovell on finding the new after disaster strikes and forging one's own path
After a hurricane destroyed his boyhood home and everything in it, Bill Tovell left for college and looked for a new life. Another disaster, on the morning of September 11, 2001, had a similar impact on him and left him searching for what was to come next. Find out how looking for meaning after disaster strikes requires forging one’s own path.
Career Coach: Sarah Hughes on skating through life and seeing things from both sides
Having started playing hockey at age seven, more than a year later than she wanted, Sarah Howald Hodges skated for the love of the game. It got her to college and through a fantastic four years. But she knew that there wasn't much opportunity for women to continue to professional sport. Despite that, she knew there was a place for her. Find out how seeing things from both sides can make you appreciate where you are.
Balance of Power: Carrington Bradley on following twists of fate and exercising leadership
A last minute application for an ROTC scholarship changed the trajectory of Carrington Bradley's life, practically handing him educational and career opportunities that required little decision-making on his part. Other happenstances helped guide him on his personal and professional path. Find out how recognizing the signs and following twists of fate can sometimes provide chances to take an active leadership role.
Disruptive Mindset: Adam Medros on changing industries and changing the world
One of the rare few who knew he wanted to be a strategy consultant, Adam Medros embarked on a career that could let him use a loud and decisive voice. But jumping into various leadership positions in companies where he tried to not only build the company but impact an entire industry, he realized there is actually something to quieting the voice. Find out how having opinions and holding them lightly can be a path to success.
As we approach our 25 year reunion (which won’t officially happen until 26!)) it seems that as a class and a group of late-40-somethings, in spite of social media and other technological means of staying in better touch, many of us have begun to drift apart by now, especially as a class. There are still many pockets of very close friends, of course, but the connectivity between these groups has faded perhaps, as life at Dartmouth recedes further into the first half of our lives.
Leslie, in such a masterful way, by highlighting so many diverse members of the class with such a deft touch, has managed a kind of reintroduction to one another as fully-fledged adults. Her ability to both bring our experiences at Dartmouth back into focus, juxtaposed with the paths we’ve taken (crooked and unexpected as they may have been) and where we are today is both insightful and inspiring at once. It’s as if we are able to again feel that we are members of this unique and talented and multifaceted community, all by way of this podcast.
During the past 18 months of separation and introspection, it’s wonderful to be able to spend such intimate, quality time with the people that we once saw every day and had hands in shaping who we are now.
Perfect way to re-engage and reflect
Leslie’s style is so natural and authentic, and she weaves stories that remind us all of the different paths we’ve chosen and stumbled onto. Listening to these episodes during a tough year of disconnection and change has been such a wonderful way to be reminded of the cool things classmates and fellow awesome humans have done with their lives. It’s easy to get down when thinking about the “good old days” or past choices, but this podcast energizes me to live fully and keep picking myself back up - and live vicariously through a bunch of people I wish I’d gotten to know better during those formative years in Hanover!
My only wish is that I could have listened to all of these senior spring. I would have had a lot less anxiety for the past 25 years. :)