Outcome: “A final consequence,” says Webster’s, adding “See: Result.” At Sarah Lawrence, not surprisingly, we see nothing final in an outcome-rather, a culmination of a process that will almost certainly lead to another one. And probably to another, and another. So our focus for this issue begs the question, just what are “outcomes,” then, and why do they matter? Our alumnae/i talk about the work they do-how they've turned out, if you will-knowing that their working choices are far from over. A writing faculty member contemplates one sort of outcome, while those who love her are interpreting the word differently. And a math student looks at proofs and posits that the joy is in the journey, not where it ends up.
Perhaps, then, this is really our “anti-outcome” issue. Either way, click here to see how it all, well, comes out...
Cover photograph by Don Hamerman