By Jack Davis ’19
Can I please get your full name and class year?
Dominic Michael Scheuring, Brophy Class of 2011.
Where did you go to college and what was your major?
I went to the University of San Francisco and studied Theology & Religious Studies. A bit of a hybrid major considering the approaches within each respective discipline can vary dramatically.
Where are you now and what are you doing?
I’m out east in the snowy city of Boston! I’m studying at Boston College for a graduate degree in Philosophy and Theology, and I am here as a research fellow to join a bunch of people far more brilliant than me in the close study of a particular Jesuit thinker named Bernard Lonergan. When I am not studying I am tutoring international students in writing and working in BC’s Art Library.
How did working in the Alumni Service Corps. last year affect you?
Being a member of the ASC was a transformative experience in several ways. First and foremost, I learned so much about what it is to be a Jesuit educator. Yes, I was a teacher, or at least I tried to be, but as an ASC member you are also a kind of student with nearly 100 master teachers to learn from, many of which aren’t formally teachers.
The Brophy faculty and staff are committed to you and your classmates’ education and development on a level that you might not be able to fully comprehend until years down the road—I certainly failed to see the extent of their dedication while I was a student myself. I grew religiously in a number of ways, especially through the continual work of service while being a part of the OFJ.
As a teacher I grew intellectually: Aristotle says one needs a phantasm or image to understand the intelligibility of something–and so one way in which teaching helped me was to really grapple with what phantasms speak most to young people of your generation and how to communicate the insights of thinkers long since passed. Also, when one teaches or spends a lot of time with young people, one can gain a lot of confidence in their capacity to lead; I found this to be true in my experience.
As a relatively independent person, I adjusted to living in community with some wonderful former classmates of mine, all of which have very big minds and hearts. I could say much more, but despite the long hours it was a absolutely a gift to wake up each morning knowing that you were working with people who were fostering the good in so many ways.
What are your plans for after Boston College?
My plan is pretty straight forward: After finishing this degree I am hoping to teach in a Jesuit high school anywhere in the country. Though preferably where it doesn’t snow half of the year!
Do you have any advice for current Brophy students?
I don’t have any specific academic insights that your exceptional teachers couldn’t give you, but here are three things:
1. Be what you are. You are a being with an unrestricted desire to know, and it is this that propels you through your inborn capacity to experience, understand, judge, and decide. So because of that, be attentive, be intelligent, be reasonable, and be responsible! But most of all be loving.