Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A few thoughts for the new year

The start of the academic year is an exciting time for everyone. For new students, the questions range from ‘what will classes be like?’ to ‘where can I get coffee?’ No matter how big or small the questions seem, teams of faculty, staff, and other students across our 14 universities make it a priority not only to answer the questions, but to welcome students into their extended families.

My son is entering the fourth grade, so I know how important it is for students to have leaders on campus to help him navigate the right path. Let’s face it, no matter if you are 10, 18 or 35, you want to know that the time you spend as a student will be rewarding and fulfilling. So, don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, this whole experience is about seeking, learning, and sharing knowledge.

For our newest students, remember that the title of “freshman” is just that—a title. Soon enough, first-week jitters will fade away as students of all ages and backgrounds come together in classrooms and laboratories all across our campuses to take a few steps closer to fulfilling their dreams. And while it’s important to lean on your past successes for motivation, know that it’s what you do today and tomorrow—and the tomorrows to come—that will matter most. Successes and failures…learn from them all.

Now, I hope you’ll take a minute to view a short video message from me and some images from move-in day across the State System.