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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright


The New Year brings an opportunity to reflect and make resolutions. Some people even go beyond making resolutions, usually focused on improving our health, enhancing our relationships with family and friends, or in general, trying to do things better.

A unique aspect of life in college is that each semester is a bit like a new year: a chance for a fresh start, learning from previous semesters, and doing things a little differently. When I spoke with our academic deans about specific things students could resolve to do at the start of a new term, the result was a pretty universal list of good strategies. I thought the beginning of 2007 would be the perfect time to share the list with you.

· Be proactive about summer school or fall semester: Make an appointment to see an advisor.

· Attend one or more of the seminars for student success offered at the start of each new semester.

· Make an appointment to see a writing tutor at the Testing and Tutoring Center; take a paper from last semester to see what you could do to improve it.

· Visit the Career Service Center: polish your resume and look for a great internship opportunity.

· Share some time with a classmate you want to know better. Participate in an extracurricular activity. You might make a new friend.

· Expand your horizons: education is about exploring the unfamiliar. The best opportunities don’t just occur at random; you make them happen with preparation.

Since this is also flu season, the dean of Nursing adds a few health-related strategies to keep you well throughout the semester.

· Wash your hands, especially when you’ve been in public spaces. This minimizes the transfer of viruses.

· Drink plenty of water, especially if you’re feeling low. This is important the next time you catch a flight, as well. The air on planes is quite dry and, unfortunately, the perfect environment for germs to spread. That’s why many of us start vacations or return from them ill. The moral of the story is: stay hydrated.

· Stay home when you have a fever. Be considerate of others and avoid sharing your illness.
With all of this in mind, I wish you a productive and healthy semester.

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