Tis the season for commencement…

In the last couple of weeks, I have attended two commencements (one at my current institution and one to help prepare me for my next institution) and both commencements had speakers that provided great advice to graduating seniors. Listening got me to think about advice I would give to those crossing that stage this year. The speakers provided a lot of advice to students graduating. It is important for those listening to find the part of that message that truly speaks to them.
  1. Three recommendations for the graduating class from my perceptive: Give yourself the credit you deserve. You have dedicated a lot of time and effort to studying, internships, and making the most out of your experiences. It is important that you recognize that you have come a long way and have grown tremendously in the last four to five years. It is ok if you are torn between passions, what is important is that you recognize that and do something to figure out what you want to follow.
  2. It is ok to dream. Dreaming is good. Current students entering the “real world” are in an amazing position to dream. This will not only give the student an opportunity to reach for something further than what they currently are, and it will help you keep that passion for which you have worked so hard to find and develop.
  3. Challenge yourself. Challenging yourself keeps you motivated and energized. It will keep you on your toes and may teach you that your interests and ways of thinking are ever evolving.
Good luck to the class of 2012 everywhere! 

Joe Volin

Student Affairs - the First Years

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