My wish is that this year's freshmen become good students of life. I want them to know they need to be advocates for themselves. It is a sign of strength to ask for help when they are stuck. I want them to know that confidence comes from facing fears, from using obstacles as new avenues not dead ends. I want them to see the moment as an opportunity, not something that can be saved for later. I want them to use their gifts and talents with 100% effort, and if they don't, I want them to know a fresh start is only a decision away. Finally, and most importantly, I want my advisees to see they are no better and no worse than any other person. We all have minds and hearts, hopes and worries, gains and losses, so why not treat each other with respect and open mindedness?
Good students of life show up, follow through on commitments, and have a good time doing what needs to be done because life is too short to stop being a student, which is a privilege and a responsibility that includes much more than doing homework and getting good grades.