Globally-minded Westlake students prepare for new adventures this summer

As we approach the end of the school year, many of us eagerly look toward the future. Our soon-to-be graduates prepare to head off to college or embark on entirely new experiences in new careers. They will be living on their own for the first time and meeting peers from varying cultures and backgrounds. Their worldview will continue to expand. 

Our younger students are experiencing transitions of their own. They may be trying out new hobbies or planning to participate in summer activities that will expose them to individuals outside of their traditional social circles. Many will be traveling with their families and exploring foreign destinations. Some students may even look farther ahead to the next school year when they shift to a new grade level or academic building. 

Some of these life changes may seem overwhelming, but our globally-minded Westlake students welcome all challenges with open arms. They understand that each life transition exposes them to exciting new ideas and experiences. They embrace the possibilities.

As our Westlake students move through their academic careers and lives outside of school, they remain globally-minded. They explore and accept differences and diversity in the world with sensitivity. They are eager to embrace alternative approaches, instead of being fearful of change or reticent to try new things. 

Our globally-minded students find ways to collaborate and work together to reach united goals, learn from one another and achieve more substantial results. They are curious, empathetic and thoughtful, contemplating how their actions impact the world and the people around them. 

Thanks to their Westlake education, our students are prepared to venture into the world outside of their community after graduation. They have the tools they need to work alongside others from different backgrounds, a thirst for new knowledge and unparalleled compassion for others. They are ready to explore various career fields and put all they’ve learned into practice, free of trepidation.  

Thinking globally can sound like a lofty goal, but it begins with small steps; ones our students take each day. It is how they bravely venture outside of their comfort zones and open themselves up to new relationships and opportunities. It is the way they instinctually help others who need assistance or team up to achieve something bigger than themselves. 

Our students lead the way and set an example for us to follow. When we all think globally, we become better citizens. We are more prepared to take on challenges and support one another. We are part of a shared mission, moving toward a more united future. 

Scott Goggin

Dr. Scott Goggin is the superintendent of Westlake City Schools. He can be reached by email at

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 9:27 AM, 04.19.2022