Field alum Josh Harris '82 stopped by Field to talk to our community this morning. If that name sounds familiar, you may recognize it from senior Adam Bressler's interview with Josh in the January 2017 issue of the Field News or from the numerous times Josh has hosted Field students and alumni at sporting events. Or maybe you've heard of him as an owner of private equity firm Apollo Global Management, the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL's New Jersey Devils, and the English Premier League soccer team Crystal Palace.
Field students have long been interested in learning more about Josh and his story, and today—fitting in with this year's theme of #storytelling—they had the chance. Field News editor Najá '19 interviewed Josh at an all-school assembly, using questions he prepared along with journalism students. (In preparation for the assembly, journalism teachers and upper school journalists also did a workshop with the middle school class on how to research an interview subject and prepare interview questions—and they came up with great ones like "What life experience has shaped you the most?")
Josh transferred to Field in the 10th grade and says he wasn't a great student before arriving, but that the one-on-one attention from Field teachers (and some healthy competition from fellow students) helped motivate him. He also cited his experience in wrestling as a valuable life lesson about getting knocked down and continuing to get back up. "Start setting your own narrative," he advised students, saying ages 15 to 30 are key time to dig in, work hard, and shape your story. "It's not about where you begin," he said. "It's about where you end."