Congratulations to all of our students and teachers for finishing the first semester—your hard work has paid off, and now you can enjoy a few weeks off. I know that all of our students learned a lot this semester in their classes and also about themselves. I’m so proud of what I’ve been hearing over the last few weeks from teachers and deans, and am excited to see what our students come up with in 2013.
My advice for the break: take some time to do something you don’t normally do everyday. Sit on the beach. Read for fun. Go to a weekday movie. Sleep in. Enjoy time away from homework and commuting and early rising.
I also recommend that students think a little bit about next semester. The pace of the second semester is quite different because of Minicourse and spring break, and the end of the quarter is radically different because of end of year projects. Think about what you’d like to do—and maybe how you’d like to do things differently. Maybe that is setting up a different studying schedule. Or collaborating with different students. Or trying a new sport or activity. Continue to explore, and know that we’re here to support you along the way.
As teachers and staff wrap up today and begin (or continue) their holiday celebrations, I wanted to mention how grateful I am to be surrounded by such dedicated individuals. Over the break, I will be posting words of celebration for our employees who have hit 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and—if you can believe it—35-year milestones this year. I continue to be awed by their talent and commitment, and want to share just a little bit about each of our teachers and staff members who are celebrating anniversaries this year.
To everyone in our community—students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, and friends—happy holidays, have a wonderful break with your family, and here’s to a spectacular 2013!