I Hope You Dance


When I graduated from eighth grade, my aunt gave me the single of “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. She told me that it would relate to everything I do in the future. As a fourteen year old boy, I just laughed and tossed it in a drawer in my room and never looked for it again. Little did I know that every graduation I would attend, both as a graduating student and as a guest, this song would pop in my head. (As I see numerous friends and colleagues photos, statuses, and tweets for graduation from their SA graduate programs to begin their journey as a professional this song has a lot of relevance. I am also beginning to analyze this song as it relates to my transition in the next couple of weeks.


I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance

Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin' might mean takin' chances, but they're worth takin'
Lovin' might be a mistake, but it's worth makin'
Don't let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin' out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

I hope you dance
(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean

Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

Dance

(Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder, where those years have gone?)

It is very important that we never lose sight of the reasons we started in this profession. By maintaining that passion and interest, to always stay connected and to continuously grow. There is so much to hope for in a new position; opportunity, growth, and knowledge. So, my hope for all SA graduates is that you continue to grow and develop and to continue to support and challenge both colleagues and students to be the best that they can be. I hope you dance.

Joe Volin
@joe_volin

Student Affairs - the First Years

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