After Delaware Valley Friends, Larry Galloway went to Lafayette College for mechanical engineering and graduated in 2014. During the summer of his junior year at Lafayette, he participated in a NASA internship that was a high-speed photo study of a type of welding. The summer after graduating from college, Larry decided to hike the Appalachian Trail, a goal that he reached in November 2014. His future plans are to attend graduate school in a few years, and pursue a career in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), which is an area of engineering that is important in building aircraft, seacraft, engines - anything where movement of fluid under force is critical.
When did you come to DVFS, and from where?
I came to DVFS in 7th grade from another LD school.
Can you tell us a little bit about your learning difference and your particular struggles in school?
I was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADD. Most of my problems are attentional - paying attention long enough to really remember something. Before DV, I never really thought about what I needed to do to overcome my learning problems.
What changed for you at DVFS?
The biggest difference coming to DVFS was that it was so much more hands-on mixed with classroom learning. We used computers across the curriculum, not just in computer class, and in art the teachers worked with you to bring out your creativity and they helped you find ways for art to interact with the curriculum. Ultimately, DVFS taught me to problem-solve around my learning difference. Now, because of DVFS, I can look at a problem I'm having and figure out what I can do to address it.
Do you have any special memories from your time at DVFS?
I remember the student clubs - I was in Seinfeld Club (where we watched episodes of Seinfeld during lunch) and Steak Club (where we grilled steaks for lunch in the spring). I ran cross-country and took the ABLE trips to Peru and cross-country skiing. I'm an experienced camper and hiker and both ABLE opportunities developed and fed this interest.
In terms of teachers, one of the most memorable is Sandy Clayton, the biology teacher. Sandy is really good at connecting with students individually - all the teachers were amazing at this but Sandy really knew how to put himself into the shoes of his students.
What do you think the long-term value of DV education has been for you?
One of the greatest values of my DV education has been lastingimpact of the Quaker culture at DV as spelled out in the SPICES or testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. For me, integrity means being yourself. Being who you are and being honest with yourself. I took that with me and in college it helped me really embrace my love of math.
I also learned a lot about leadership at DV. DVFS does a good job of bringing out leadership abilities - the sports program is one example. Most students participate in the sports program and everyone on a team has chance to be a leader.
My senior year in college I was the team leader of senior design project - I felt especially prepared for it because of leadership skills gained at DVFS. DV taught me to anticipate and work to avoid problems, general planning, coordinating with people - and how to keep everyone in the game - like in soccer at DV.