Campus reopening Friday, not Saturday

Last night I got a message from my friends in Residence Life & Housing about a change to the schedule for students to return to campus:

“As you may have seen, the Winston-Salem area is expected to experience some inclement weather, with the potential for wintry mix and/or snow, this weekend. Additionally, the same weather system is anticipated to impact much of the eastern coast.

Based on this forecast, we are opening early to allow students to adjust their travel plans. Residence halls will now open at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. “

If a student is moving onto campus into a new room for this semester (such as juniors returning from abroad), there are specific windows of time in which they need to check in to get their keys, etc. You can read the whole message here. And as a reminder, students would be alerted to any weather-related announcements in a number of ways (details).

Also, today I read a fascinating piece on why Millennials are the ‘burnout generation.’ This is a long read, but really really interesting. It starts by talking about “errand paralysis” – or Millennials’ inability to take care of seemingly-simple things like registering to vote, going to the post office, or returning clothes to the store – and comes to the conclusion that Millennials aren’t incapable, they are just burned out:

“That realization recast my recent struggles: Why can’t I get this mundane stuff done? Because I’m burned out. Why am I burned out? Because I’ve internalized the idea that I should be working all the time. Why have I internalized that idea? Because everything and everyone in my life has reinforced it — explicitly and implicitly — since I was young. Life has always been hard, but many millennials are unequipped to deal with the particular ways in which it’s become hard for us.”

Again, a really long read, but if you are the parent/family member of a Millennial (born between 1982-2002ish), or if you have Millennials in your office/social group/etc., this might be something you want to check out and see what you think of the author’s assessments.

 

— by Betsy Chapman ’92, MA ’94

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