Student Experience – John Castell – Osher Lifelong Institute

John Castell

John Castell

John Castell is originally from Wayne, New Jersey and moved to San Diego in 2008 with his partner. He worked as an art director for 30+ years in advertising agencies and as a freelancer (specializing in life science and pharmaceutical technologies promotion). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of Design in New York City and was recipient of the Ellen Battel Stoeckel Trust Fellowship Award to Yale at Norfolk. Castell continued postgraduate education in the area of Digital Art and 3-D Illustration to support his design career. He recently earned a professional certificate for Marketing and Media from San Diego State University.

What do you like about your Osher instructors?
The enthusiasm and professional knowledge of the material.

What do you enjoy about your classmates?
They are kind, respectful, and accepting; with a variety of life experiences and expertise, career backgrounds, and social perspectives from which to learn.

Which classes have you taken?
Memoir and Life Writing I & II with Instructor Kathi Diamant.

Would you recommend others to take Osher classes? If yes, why?
Yes. There are many interesting topics to inspire you and these allow you to meet new people that may enrich your life.

What makes Osher classes unique?
The calendar frequency and length of each class are perfect for my busy schedule and attendance. The fact that most of us are retired allows for a very casual and friendly experience.

How has taking Osher classes inspired you personally?
I was inspired to develop and add “writer” to my list of creative interests and this has brought me into contact with a meaningful group of people that I now engage with at a writers group for biweekly readings and critique of our work. It is very encouraging and satisfying to be part of that community. I have gained the confidence to begin submitting my work to various writing journals and anthologies.

What have you been up to these days?
I’m enjoying drawing, painting, and writing creative nonfiction stories and my memoir for potential publication. I’ve been practicing yoga three times a week for the last 17 months and cycling at Mission Trails Regional Park. I live with my partner of 13 years in La Mesa and was recently married to him on July 9 at the San Diego County Administration Building.

Is there anything you would like to add that I didn’t ask?
You will find more love and more life when you are connected to other people and community. Education allows you to be connected. I love the SDSU-Osher experience, the place, the people, and the energy.