Southeast Missouri State University student publication

First Time Blogger, Long Time Writer

Posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 5:55 AM

Good morning SEMO! This is officially my first blog post. Hopefully this will be the only one you find boring! I completed my undergraduate degree at Southeast and then came back as a faculty member so I have a long time attachment to the campus and the community. Therefore, my blog will engage issues that affect the campus and the community. My only goal to to make myself think about issues from multiple sides but also add perhaps an alternative perspective.

I'm choosing today to offer friendly advice to students. Not only am I faculty but I am also old enough to be your mother so yes, my tone may sound "motherly" at times. We are all in week two and hump day has arrived. To the students I ask: Are you going to class? Are you doing the assignments? Are you engaging the material? Are you asking for help when you need it?

At this point you may be asking "Why do I have to take this class when it's not in my major?" All knowledge has value. We have been taught to think that we only are here to train to do a job. In reality, this is your opportunity to go beyond the limits of your mind in its current state. Your college years are not only your formative years, but they could also be the most TRANSformative years of your life. Get outside your comfort zone. Take a class that is different. Join a club that is different. Talk to a new person in class. Find value in everything you do. Many of us miss our college years because it was enough of the real world to keep us grounded, but nothing like the real world that you get tossed into once you graduate. To paraphrase 16th century poets and Robin Williams from Dead Poet's Society, learn to suck the marrow out of life! Make each day of your life a wonderous adventure!

And remember to take care of yourself. Eat, sleep and keep a balance between fun and work. Do your work, study and ask for help when you need it. YOU GOT THIS!!!