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Bearings: News and Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Bearings: News & Perspectives for Academic Affairs

Students Are Like Snowflakes

Feb 25, 2013, 12:33 am - Carey Adams

I continually am struck by the diversity of paths that lead students to Armstrong.  Over the past week or so I have had meetings with SGA officers, attended an Armstrong Foundation Luncheon featuring Armstrong students as table hosts, and participated in the Phi Kappa Phi induction ceremony, and the students I have met have included:

  • A traditional-age Hispanic young woman from a small town in south Georgia, a first-generation college freshman studying cell and molecular biology.
  • A 29-year old father of two who is studying physics and aspires to a career as an Army officer.
  • A woman with 20+ years experience in commercial lending who returned to earn her bachelor's degree in communication science and disorders (May 2013 graduation!) and hopes to enter our graduate program.

These individuals have found what they were looking for at Armstrong.  Opportunity.  Challenge.  Support.  Mentoring.  Encouragement.  We should all take great pride in the fact that so many different kinds of students are drawn to Armstrong and are able to excel here.  

At the all-faculty meeting last fall I said there were people in our region and beyond who should and want to be students here, and one of our goals is to reach out to those students and be accessible to them.  And we must also be committed to helping our students be as successful as they can be here.  The three students I have described above are just a few examples of our doing just these things.  As we recruit entering students for Summer and Fall 2013, and as we assist our current students with registration for their next semesters, let's be sure to take every interaction as an opportunity to remind students of how much we want them to be here and to encourage them in the pursuit of their goals.

Have a great week!

Carey