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Shag on the Mag

formal danceshag 3shag tent 2013Shag on the Mag is tonight from 10 pm to 2 am.  Sponsored by Student Union as part of Springfest, Shag on the Mag is an annual event:

“Your favorite springtime tradition is back! You’re invited to a night full of dancing to live music, delicious food and drinks, and fun at Student Union’s Shag on the Mag! Join us on March 27 for a night you won’t want to miss!”

If you aren’t familiar with shagging, it is dancing to beach music.  Here’s a little description from Wikipedia, or you can search for shag dancing on Youtube.  You can also Google shag music playlists and you are likely to see a little bit Four Tops, a little bit Otis Redding, a little bit Temptations or Marvin Gaye, and throw in the ubiquitious party song “Shout!” for good measure.

This week’s Old Gold & Black [student newspaper] had an article on Shag on the Mag, if you want a current student’s perspective on the event.

Shag on the Mag is a chance to put on your best spring duds and get out there and dance your feet off for a few hours to some terrific tunes.  It’s a big, tented affair and tons of fun.  I hope your students go and enjoy it!

– by Betsy Chapman

From the Forest

While many people think of March Madness in basketball terms, for admissions offices around the country, March Madness could just as easily be the final push to determine the incoming freshman class and to get the decision letters out the door.

Some of you may already have discovered the From the Forest admissions blog; I am ashamed to say I only found out about it this week.  The admissions team has been blogging about the final days of mailing letters, and today’s blog post has a letter from Martha Allman, dean of admissions, about the slate of applications they received and the difficult decisions they had to make.  It’s a good read.

The view from the forest (at least from where I sit) is that today began as a foggy day.  It’s cleared up to a degree, but is not the kind of sunny and beautiful spring day we had this time last week.  We appear to be due for some rain tomorrow and it will be cooler, but thankfully back into the 70s next week.

We’ve received a couple of questions in the Parent Programs office about families coming to visit for Easter weekend, and where are good places to eat?  As a reminder, the best first line of defense for questions is to try our Parents’ Page Q&A – we cover a lot of commonly asked questions there.  Towards the end of the section on Dining we have some links about restaurants parents and alumni have recommended.

– by Betsy Chapman

New Dean of the College Named

michele.gillespie.620x350-460x260Today was a big news day.  The new Dean of the College was named, and it was a familiar name to our campus: Michele Gillespie:

“Wake Forest University has appointed Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History Michele Gillespie as Dean of the College, with academic oversight for the undergraduate school of arts and sciences. Gillespie will begin serving as dean July 1.

Gillespie joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1999. She was named Kahle Family Professor of History in 2003 and served as associate provost for academic initiatives from 2007-2010. In 2013, Gillespie was the first Wake Forest faculty member to be honored with an endowed Presidential Chair, which recognizes and supports faculty who excel in both academic leadership and outstanding scholarship. She also serves as the faculty representative to the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees”  (see the full news story.)

There have been many times when she has been a part of programs or events our office has planned, and those events have always been exceptional.  She is recognized as one who embodies the teacher-scholar ideal, and connects well with students as well as others on campus.

Full disclosure: I have known Michele for many years and she has been a trusted friend and colleague.  She helped mentor me when I was in a terrible bind professionally and did all she could to help me – even when she didn’t have to, and even though helping me didn’t benefit her in any way.  That’s the kind of person she is.  I will always be grateful to her for that – and for the example she set that it is always better to try and help someone if you can.

So what does this mean for your students exactly? The Dean of the College has oversight for the undergraduate arts and sciences programs (i.e., everything except business).  So she will be working with the academic departments in the arts, literature, humanities, social sciences, and math and natural sciences to help make our already-great programs even better.  She begins her new position on July 1st, and I know there will be many good things to come.

My kudos to the search committee, who had the unenviable job of sorting through a lot of wonderful applicants.  Happily, one of Wake Forest’s own rose to the top.

Welcome to your new role, Dean-Elect Gillespie!

 

– by Betsy Chapman

Wake ‘N Shake Recap – Project Pumpkin Planning

If you hadn’t already seen it, there is a terrific story on the WFU main page about Wake N’ Shake, the campus dance marathon to raise money for cancer research:

“More than 1,300 students teamed up to fight cancer on Saturday and raised $164,157 for the 10th anniversary of Wake ’N Shake, a 12-hour dance marathon to benefit the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. This year, faculty, staff and alumni were invited to join students in honoring loved ones affected by cancer.

‘Wake ‘N Shake is such an important event because it allows students from all over campus to come together and fight for a common cause,’ said senior Cat Draper, who co-chaired the event with seniors Anna Morten and Jordan Schuler. ‘Every student at Wake has been touched by cancer in one way or another.’

More than 50 student organizations, including sports teams, theatre groups and Greek life, participated this year.”

$164,157 is an impressive number!  Many thanks to all our Deacs who gave their time, talent, and treasure to fight the good fight for Brian Piccolo.

Looking ahead to future Pro Humanitate efforts, the Volunteer Service Corps listserv has information about how students can apply for Project Pumpkin Steering Committees:

“Have you ever seen Project Pumpkin and thought to yourself, now there is something I want to have a larger role in??

Well, you’re in luck!! the steering committee applications are live.

They are due next Monday, March 30th and then the co-chair applications will be available.

The steering committee oversees the co-chairs and the co-chairs oversee everything else!  And with the help of Head Pumpkin, the Halloween dreams of children all over the Winston-Salem area come true!!

If you’re interested in applying for the steering committee, here is the link!!

Even though it is only March, it is not too early for your students to think about Project Pumpkin.  Applying to be on a steering committee could be a fantastic outlet for your students – they can learn about leadership, organization of a huge event, rallying volunteers, etc.   And of course, serving humanity, as our motto suggests.

– by Betsy Chapman

 

Five Senses of the Tribble Courtyard

3 23 15I am in between meetings on a cool but sunny day.  Found a perch outside the ZSR near the Benson-Tribble courtyard.  Here’s what my five senses are revealing:

 

I hear…

– an airplane flying overhead.

– a snippet of a guy-to-girl conversation.  The guy is retelling a story about someone who was referring to “my boy, Slick!”

– a visiting dad and his son ask me where Manchester Quad is.  I ask if they are looking for a particular building, and they say no, they are just trying to get their bearings.  Dad looks like he likes this place.

– a second airplane overhead, followed by the toot of a train in the distance.  (There are train tracks across University by North Point Blvd).

– laughter of people as they walk by.  The occasional yelled greeting from across the courtyard.

clop, clop, clop of high heeled boots.

– a strange loud flapping fabric sound.  When I turn around to investigate, I see it is the umbrella from an umbrella table.

– jingling of keys as they hang off a girl’s ID holder.

– the sound of a leaf blower.  Normally that seems to be happening at the early part of the day; I am surprised to hear it now.

 

I see…

– some students in shorts, others in sweats and otherwise long-sleeved outfits.  Some of the girls are still sporting equestrian boots.

– several students with to-go bags from the Benson Center food court.  They look like they are headed back to their residence hall.

– lots of students are either using their smartphone to surf/text as they walk.  No one trips or bumps in to each other.

– tiny pink buds on the trees in Tribble courtyard.  Give them a few more days and they will be in full bloom.

– clear blue sky.  Not a cloud anywhere.

– lawn chairs set up in front of Greene Hall.  No one is in them, they are just sitting there.

– three different cafe tables are occupied, but just with one student apiece.  They all have their laptops out.

– the Student Union golf cart parked and charging in its space on the sidewalk.

– a girl walk by in a WAKE sweatshirt.  I want to go up and thank her for wearing our school’s shirt and not some other school’s (a pet peeve of mine), but I refrain.

– two girls have passed by carrying boxes from the post office – they look like care packages.  Good job, Deac parents, for sending some goodies to your students!

 

I smell…

– a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks.

– cold wind.  It isn’t super windy, but when it is there is a distinct cool smell.

– the first hint of flowering trees blooming.  It smells like spring.

 

I feel…

– the cool surface of the green cafe table.  It’s sitting in the shade and the tabletop has not had a chance to warm from the sun.

– cold.  If you are not in the sun and the wind picks up, it’s too cool for no coat but too warm to wear the coat.

 

I taste…

– skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks :)

 

– by Betsy Chapman

Thursday Roundup

Today is starting out grey and cool, and will devolve into rain within a couple of hours.  After the early part of this week was sunny and 80 degrees, this is going to be an unpleasant surprise to your Deacs.  A good day to stay inside.

So we turn our attention to a few things that are coming up in Deacdom.  Next Thursday at 6:00 pm in Wait Chapel we have a Voices of our Time event (part of our speaker series on important topics from renowned thought leaders).  This one is “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality” and the speaker is Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (Bio).  Please, please encourage your students to attend.  There will likely never be another time in their lives when they can be in an audience of only 2,400 people to hear from a former president.  This is a rare and wondrous opportunity.

Today and tomorrow, the Z Smith Reynolds Library is hosting a symposium entitled “Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System Student Panel and the Opening of Release: From Stigma to Acceptance.”  This will be held in the ZSR Auditorium (404) and will have a faculty panel today, a student panel tomorrow followed by an opening reception in the atrium.  Looks like a wonderful opporunity for students to reflect on the role of the criminal justice system and to consider their thoughts on an important societal issue for all of us.

Also tomorrow night is Wake-Appella, Wake Forest’s First Annual a cappella festival hosted by Demon Divas and Plead the Fifth.  This event is bringing together collegiate and high school a cappella groups from throughout the Southeast, and is a fundraiser to help the arts community in the Triad area.  If your Deac is a fan of Pitch Perfect or Glee, or just wants to hear some amazing music, this is an event for them.

On Saturday from noon until midnight, Wake ‘N Shake will take place.  This is one of the signature Pro Humanitate events of the year.  Reynolds Gym will be rocking with 1,300+ students who will be on their feet for 12 hours to raise awareness and funds to support cancer research at the Wake Forest Cancer Center via the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund.  If your Deac isn’t involved but wants to be, or if you want to help their efforts, visit wakenshake.com.

There are other events too of course – and your Deac can visit the Events calendar to see more.

The range of opportunities at Wake Forest is enormous.  Your students have so many potential opportunities outside of class to think, to serve, to participate in important conversations, to reflect, to dance, and to simply enjoy.  To use (once again) my smorgasbord metaphor, this is a rich buffet filled with so many dishes.  Encourage your Deac not to be a picky eater, but to try a bite of as many things as they can.

 

– by Betsy Chapman

 

 

 

 

 

What Does the Counseling Center Do?  What Is It Like for Student Clients? (Part II)

Yesterday’s Daily Deac gave an inside look at the work of the University Counseling Center (UCC) and how it supports clients during an initial appointment.  Today we delve in to subsequent counseling appointments and answer frequently asked questions.

ucc archHow does counseling proceed after the first appointment?

If both counselor and student agree that the UCC is a good fit for the student’s needs, they will continue to meet, usually every 2-3 weeks, or as determined by the urgency of the presenting issues.  While each counseling relationship and experience is unique, counselor and client typically work through the “syllabus” of identified concerns and/or goals the student and counselor create together.

After the first intake appointment, it is much more a traditional counseling experience.  The student brings in topics or recent issues to discuss, while the counselor focuses on listening without judgment.  Counselors will sometimes also ask questions, provide opportunities for emotional ventilation and support, and/or teach students tools (like relaxation techniques and  challenging problematic thinking) that will help students cope with the stressors he/she is experiencing.  Typically students are encouraged to use the time in between sessions to practice the skills discussed in session, and complete any other homework relevant to their counseling.

What about prescribing medicine?

The Counseling Center does not prescribe medicine.  Counselors can only suggest to a student that they are hearing concerns or behaviors where medicine might be a helpful addition to counseling, and suggest that the student make an appointment with the Student Health Service to talk to the psychiatrist on staff or one of the physicians who frequently deal with medicine for anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc.  If a student is taking medication for any psychiatric issues, the UCC and Student Health will collaborate to monitor symptom improvement and coordinate overall care.

How do other offices become involved in a student’s situation?

Depending on the issues that prompted the student to seek counseling, the counselor may recommend the student seek out additional support from other offices on campus.  Examples include:

  • If a student is having roommate issues that are causing him/her a great deal of stress, the counselor may suggest that the student also seek out the RA or Graduate Hall Director for advice on how to improve the roommate situation, including the possibility of mediation
  • If a student is having trouble concentrating on schoolwork or struggling in the classroom, the counselor might suggest that the student seek the resources of the Learning Assistance Center for study help or tutoring
  • If a student is having a great deal of trouble sleeping (or eating), the counselor will suggest a visit to the Student Health Service to try and find some ways to help the student get back to a good pattern. It is hard to work out any other issues or problems if a person is sleep-deprived, so sleep issues are an early priority for intervention and assistance.

What if the student’s issue is more serious?

In cases of students who have more complicated situations that require a specialist, or if they need or request therapy more frequently than the UCC can provide, the counselor will refer the student to a mental health professional in the Winston-Salem community who is able to meet his/her specific needs.

Final thoughts

I often tell my students that ‘if you’ve tried many things to fix a situation, and nothing has worked so far, it might be time to call upon different resources.  If you feel like you are unhappy, suffering, floundering, etc. – get help.  Don’t go it alone.  The UCC is here for support and help.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying.’

The UCC has a comprehensive web site with information and resources for students as well as parents and families.  Please use this resource whenever you need it.

http://counselingcenter.wfu.edu/

Phone
336.758.5273

Location
118 Reynolda Hall

Staff:

8 Mental Health Professionals, 2 graduate interns

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm M-F

24-hour crisis availability by contacting the Student Health Service 336.758.5218

 

By Betsy Chapman and Dr. James Raper

 

What Does the Counseling Center Do?  What Is It Like for Student Clients? (Part I)

In my role in the Parent Programs office and as an academic adviser, I sometimes encounter students who seem to be struggling or unhappy in some way – could be academics, interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, etc.  As we know, stumbles along the path towards graduation and beyond are a normal and expected part of the college experience.  In those moments, I often offer up the University Counseling Center (UCC) as a potential resource for that student.  I visited the UCC when I was a student and found it really helpful, and I sometimes share my own story with the student to show that counseling is not a scary process, it is one that can help you.

Normally I ask the student if he/she has ever been in a counseling setting and knows what to expect.  More often than not the answer is no.  In advising settings, I explain counseling to the student, but I also wanted to have something online as a reference for students and parents so they can understand what the UCC does, to demystify the process.

I sat down with Dr. James Raper, Director of the University Counseling Center, and asked him to walk me through how students access UCC services and what the counseling experience looks and feels like.

Making Appointments

ucc archAppointments are only made by phone or in person, not via email, and need to be made by the person seeking counseling.  To better understand the level of urgency when responding to a request for an initial visit, the UCC staff may ask a few clarifying questions.   Some examples include:

Are you in crisis right now?

Is your safety, or the safety of someone else in danger?

Have you recently experienced a significant loss, sexual assault, or other trauma?

Have you stopped attending class?

In situations with greater urgency, there are emergency appointments available that day.  If the student is not in a crisis situation, the typical wait for an appointment is 1-3 days.  That can be longer if a student has a schedule that is packed with a lot of lengthy courses or labs, or if a student has particular requests for one counselor in particular, etc.

Counselor Requests/Assignments

ucc directoryWhen making an initial appointment, a student can request a specific counselor by name, or could say he/she would prefer to see a male/female counselor, someone older/younger, someone with a faith tradition, etc.  Students with detailed counselor requirements could take longer to fill depending on the counselor’s and student’s schedules.  A student can also request to have the first available appointment with any counselor.  While students can make appointments to talk about themselves and their own concerns, they can also use the UCC’s services to consult when concerned about a friend or loved one.

Client Confidentiality

This is always a questions students have: ‘what if other people find out what I say in counseling?’ or ‘will this become a part of my record?’ Fear not.  Students can feel completely free to confide in their counselor.  For students who are 18 years old and older, NC state law requires that what a client says in session is confidential.  Thus, any information that is shared in the counseling center, including whether or not a student has attended a session, is protected.  The limitations to confidentiality are:

1) if the counselor is concerned about the abuse or neglect of a child/elderly person/disabled adult; 2) if the counselor is concerned about the imminent safety of the client; 3) if the counselor is concerned about the imminent safety of another identified individual; or 4) If subpoenaed by a judge.    Of course the client can always voluntarily sign a release of information form to another person or office

Confidentiality extends outside the office as well.  No counselor would ever see a student client on the Quad and say “hey Betsy, how’s your anxiety issue coming?” or give away the fact that they know a student.

What to Expect at the Initial Appointment

Paperwork – Upon arrival for the first appointment, the student is asked to fill out about ten minutes of paperwork.  The one piece of actual paper is the Informed Consent. This includes information such as a description of the UCC’s services, provides the student with expectations for their experience, and describes confidentiality and its limitations.

The student then completes an electronic assessment on an iPad provided to them.  This is a brief questionnaire and assessment of the student’s behaviors, concerns, eating and sleep patterns, etc.  This questionnaire goes only to the counselor, who reads it and uses it to get a snapshot of the student’s situation before the session begins.

Initial visit with your counselor – The first meeting with a counselor typically lasts for about 25 minutes.  When the student enters the counselor’s office, the counselor will introduce him/herself and invite the student to sit on a couch or chair.  Each office attempts to mirror a small living room with warm lighting and comfortable furniture.  The counselor will then invite the student to describe what is bringing them into the UCC.  The discussion is typically conversational, though during the first session the counselor will enter information directly into their computer.  While the content of each initial visit varies from student to student, the counselor will weave in some specific questions to help better assess the student’s needs.   These questions cover topics such as:

Sleep

Appetite

Class attendance

Concentration

Self-harm

Knowledge of harm to others

Hearing voices

Recent traumas (recent loss, physical or emotional trauma, etc.)

Relationship issues

Alcohol and/or drug use

A standard question in the protocol that may surprise students (or parents) is “When was the last time you thought of killing yourself?”  That may seem to a layperson like it is very harsh question to ask, but it is a vital part of the assessment process.  It is not uncommon for some college students to have had brief, or even more intense thoughts of suicide.  Asking about suicidal ideation in this way helps to underscore to the student that their counselor is here to partner with them to manage and reduce these thoughts.

It is not unusual for students to become emotional or cry during a counseling session (many are often surprised by their tears).  The reality is that the students are unburdening themselves of things that might have been weighing heavily on their minds, and/or acknowledging they need help in some way.  This can make the student feel very vulnerable.  Rest assured that the counselor will be very gentle and affirming and will help in those vulnerable moments by expressing care and concern and support.  Again, everything the student says is confidential.

Recommendations and next steps – Towards the end of the session the counselor will ask the student to identify their goals for counseling, any questions they may have, and will then summarize what he or she thinks the client had said and provide any recommendations or “next steps.”

How a student might feel after the first session

Most of the time, students don’t go to counseling because everything in their world is working out just great.  Most of us enter counseling because there is an issue or concern that is impacting our lives or our sense of enjoyment in life.  Talking about those things can be very hard.  Admitting difficult feelings, insecurities, worries, behavior you are struggling with – those don’t always feel good or comfortable.

Some students have told me that they left their first counseling appointment and “didn’t feel better” or “the counselor didn’t do anything for me really.”  The truth is, for most of us, issues and problems are difficult knots to untie.  It takes more than one session to dig into a problem and discover tools and strategies to get through that problem.  So my advice is this:  do not worry if you leave a session and don’t feel like everything is fixed.  That is normal.  Trust the process and keep going back.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.

If for any reason the student has not clicked with his/her counselor, it is OK to request to see a different one.  It does not hurt the counselor’s feelings at all – the counselors want the students to be with someone that makes them comfortable and where they can thrive.  Better to change counselors and continue seeking help than abandon the process and lose the potential support and help a counselor can offer.

The UCC has a comprehensive web site with information and resources for students as well as parents and families.  Please use this resource whenever you need it.

http://counselingcenter.wfu.edu/

Phone
336.758.5273

Location
118 Reynolda Hall

Staff:

8 Mental Health Professionals, 2 graduate interns

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm M-F

24-hour crisis availability by contacting the Student Health Service 336.758.5218

 

Part 2 of this series will continue tomorrow, covering what happens at the next counseling appointment and common questions.

By Betsy Chapman and Dr. James Raper

 

Senior Oration: Shoshanna Goldin ’15

Last but certainly not least, we come to our final Senior Oration feature.  This is from Shoshanna Goldin ’15,  and it is titled Near and Far: The Impact of a Demon Deacon

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College. The word implies mountains of textbooks and rivers of lukewarm coffee. Entering Wake Forest University, we were eager to dive headfirst into biology lab and literary analysis. Four years later, we reflect how experiences in the Forest equipped us to take on local and global challenges as a community. As we prepare to write our next chapter, I ponder three questions.

Why does Wake Forest feel like a family? How have we engaged with the Winston-Salem community? What have we learned from global experiences?

Many of us consider the Wake Forest community to be family. “Family” consists of people who help us discover who we want to be. The people we seek out to be comforted and challenged. How did we turn a collection of strangers into a support system? Conversation was key. Through conversations that stretched us far beyond our comfort zones, we formed a family.

Families argue and reconcile. The Wake Forest community is no different. From Deliberative Dialogues to Town Halls, we have challenged ourselves to find a collective vision for a stronger Wake Forest. This year, we have shown that we care about the spectrum of voices in our community. We have not stayed silent when challenging moments have arisen. Instead, we have rallied against currents of exclusivity. Together, we formed a stronger network of advocates and allies.

A family is a rooted in relationships. As the co-founder of the Interfaith Themed House, I have been inspired by cross-campus partnerships. While across the world, we see a wide variety of ideologies crashing against one another, Wake Forest strives to create a cohesive environment. Here, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian students engage in open dialogue. As we understand the stories, faiths, and dreams of those around us, we establish a safe space. By forming this family, we learn to accept difference and create community. These conversations were key to providing valuable skills that we carry forward into graduate school, a profession, and adult life.

As wide-eyed freshmen, we heard upperclassmen speak of the Wake Forest bubble. They talked about this sphere as if it were tempered glass: a permanent wall. But our class has done an incredible job at poking the bubble.

Through our collective fight against local hunger, we bridged this invisible separation between Wake Forest and Winston-Salem. Concerned about chronic childhood hunger, Wake Forest students realized that this fight would require more than a food drive. We rallied students, faculty, staff, and community members to create a unified front. Over the last four years, we have expanded Campus Kitchen’s community partners and implemented a hunger awareness program within Wake Forest’s student orientation. We initiated campus-wide collaboration for the Forsyth food backpack program and hosted Hunger University’s mobile exhibit. In the process, we have been recognized as the best Campus Kitchen in the state.

Last fall, Wake Forest hosted the statewide North Carolina Campuses against Hunger Conference. Wake Forest and Winston-Salem’s partnership inspired 175 students, researchers, and policymakers across North Carolina to focus on local hunger solutions. As the student chair of the planning committee, I was thrilled to see our collaborative work address this complex problem.

As we move forward, I want us to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the place we call home. And, if we come across another bubble—remember that it is simply waiting for someone to come along and poke right through it.

As we leave Wake Forest, our future has no borders. Class of 2015, we are entering an increasingly global workforce. As Wake Forest students, we are well-prepared. Our passion to improve the world is reflected in our collective global impact and experiences. We studied the nature of bees in France and analyzed dance styles in Brazil. We tasted life in Italy and Nepal. We lived Wake’s motto of Pro Humanitate on international service trips to Vietnam, Russia, and Rwanda. Through study abroad, we developed lasting relationships. These friendships will remind us in years to come of the commonalities and uniqueness of individuals around the world.

As we reach the close, I’d like to return to the three questions we began with. Why does Wake Forest feel like a family? How have we engaged with the Winston-Salem community? What have we learned from global experiences?

Our next mountains will not be located in the Forest (unless you plan to be a double Deac). Our challenge now is to draw on these lessons as we embark on our next chapter. Because, as Wake Forest Demon Deacons, our potential to improve our communities and world is limitless.

Thank you!

Black and Gold Friday

Happy Black and Gold Friday, Deac families.  I hope that wherever you are, you think about wearing black and gold or WFU apparel to show your WFU pride.  And help spread the idea to your students.  If we want to have tremendous school spirit, a great way to do that is to wear our school colors.

A few random musings for a drizzly Friday morning.  A friend on Facebook posted an article with advice for the Class of 2015 on finding a job and the danger of feeling you have to find a passion.  Workplace consultant and career coach Alexandra Levit said this in the article:

“I think what’s dangerous is when we as career advisors tell people they won’t be happy until they find their passion. It puts pressure on people to go out and find this elusive career of passion and… they can’t be happy with the job they have. Just because you have a passion doesn’t necessarily mean you can or should make a living at it. Find a job you like well enough. You’re not going to love every minute of every day, but you want to genuinely get some satisfaction out of it. And then leave time for other things in life that are important, like your personal life, hobby, friends and family.”

You can  read the full story here.  This is interesting food for thought, becuase many of my contemporaries who have jobs (but their passions might be elsewhere) are starting to question whether to shift their career to more of a passion, but can they turn that passion into a salary with which they are happy?  Or is the better strategy to stay the course in a solid job and use the money from the job to fuel your passion on weekends, trips during PTO, etc.

As always, we invite your comments at parents@nullwfu.edu.

Hope that as Spring Break winds to a close, your students have safe travels back to campus and they are ready to bring a strong finish to the semester.  Looming in the near term is advising and course registration for the fall, then housing and dining selection for next year.  It will be a busy time.

Just about 7 weeks until the end of classes.  How is that possible?  The semester has flown by.

 

– by Betsy Chapman