Dream Catchers: Stephanie Widmer

When you think about philosophy, the names Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant come to mind, not Gattaca. Yet Stephanie Widmer has struck a balance with a remarkable thesis that discusses the ethical debate over screening embryos for disease.

“Genes are so much more tangible than other areas of philosophy,” she says. “I could discuss Hume’s shades of blue or Zeno’s paradox, but working with genes was something that could get some real conversations started.”

Senior year wasn’t all polarizing debate, however. As the winner of the Noëlle and Veronique Boucquey Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award, she excelled on the track as well as in the classroom.

Stephanie admits her curiosity bloomed reluctantly during her years at Scripps. “From the moment classes began, I never stopped asking questions or pushing myself and others. I have become confident, courageous, and hopeful, just as I hoped when I first read Ellen Browning Scripps’ words.”

That courage and confidence is serving her well with Teach for America. “Teaching is the most challenging and rewarding experience I’ve had,” she says. “I know I will encounter the same reluctant curiosity as I walk into that classroom, but I’ll draw my strength from my experiences at Scripps.”