Since October, President Michael Alexander, the Senior Management Team, and the Board of Trustees have been working with faculty, professors, students, and other community members to adjust the university’s five-year strategic plan. The Speed of Change Steering Committee was formed in the fall of 2020 to reexamine the current plan, Vision 2022, and make adjustments for a pandemic-enduring University.
Sometimes when we’re going about our lives, not every day is as perfect as we want it to be. However, regardless of what the day may bring, finding the joy in the little things can go a long way. Little moments have shaped the way my life is today and my perspective along with it. My list is ever-growing, but here are the ones that count.
Spending a significant amount of time and money getting a degree takes a lot of effort. Between late night study sessions and early morning classes, many students hope their work will pay off once they land a job in their field. Of the many ways students are able to showcase their skills, creating a LinkedIn profile is a great way to connect with others professionally, search for jobs and internships, and to create a public resume.
The time between when a high school senior graduates to when they start college is full of uncertainty. They are likely leaving their hometown or a group of friends they have had for many years. In my case, I graduated from a high school that was in the same school district I was part of since first grade. I knew almost everyone in my grade and the grades above and below me. The concept of enrolling into a new college with people I didn’t know seemed daunting to me. So here are some things I wish I could have told myself:
You’re going to carry burdens you’ll wish you never endured, nevertheless, your perseverance is why you’re here today. You kept your head up, and I’m proud of you.
You’re going to question a lot of things growing up. Preconceptions you’ve made as a child will show to be facades, but this isn’t meant as a trick or an act of deceit. The world is not as soft and caring as Mom tucking you in at night singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ until you close your innocent eyes. You see, as you grow older, you’ll discover the world around you is what you make of it. It can be cold and scary, but what you have in store is a lifetime filled with adventure and jubilation.
Experience the ammeration of traveling to the islands and seeing clear Pacific waves crash into white sandy beaches. Climb Mount Everest and marvel at the beautiful curves of the land you walk on. Tour the seven wonders of the world, keeping in mind the thoughts of their creators, but create your own original thoughts. Initiate a context with people from backgrounds estranged from yours, and understand the different walks of life around you.
You’ll learn that people are nothing more than stories told from different perspectives. Listening to others’ stories will allow you to be yourself through the acceptance of diversity.
Every story has a beginning, middle and end. This is just your beginning.
By: Kait Bedell and Ruth Kehinde – News Editor & Digital Editor
On April 15, Chartwells hosted a Culinary Throwdown that featured four teams that served various foods for Lasers to choose to eat from and vote on. Festive decorations greeted those entering the dining hall as staff members dressed the part by wearing costumes representative to their teams.
I used to be ashamed of my Korean middle name, Meejin. In middle and high school, I would ask for my middle name not to be announced at award ceremonies and graduations. Throughout my life, I have promised myself that one day I would officially change my middle name. I’m happy to break that promise today.
Commencement can be an important milestone for many people. The decision to hold in-person Commencement ceremonies this May, rather than virtual ceremonies, for the classes of 2020 and 2021 gives seniors and alumni the chance to be celebrated and recognized for their hard work by the whole community.