Race to the Finish

Race to the Finish

Mar 28
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  

Monday was the first day back on campus from spring break. For many of us, the only difference is that the hallways, sidewalks, and classrooms are crowded again. On campus, spring break is an opportunity to dive into important projects that need to be done, before the students return and the race is on toward the end of the semester. In labs, research projects do not stop. In the field sites, preparation is underway for planting season. In offices, writing proposals and reports, grading assignments, preparing curricula, and many other sundry tasks go on unabated. Nevertheless, it is a breather for many of the university’s workforce as well, especially those who have kids on spring break and see the week as an opportunity to build family ties and memories.

Spring break is over now, and the students are back in the classrooms. Many of them are looking at the long list of assignments due and tests on the horizon in the next weeks, realizing that it is time to make good on their goals of finishing well and balancing learning with living. Sometimes that is hard to do, when the weather is warming and spring is in full bloom. As I looked at the faces of students in my ACE/BADM 436 class this week, it was clear that spring break had been a respite for many students to put some study aside. Now it was time to get back into the game. This particular class is the international business immersion program, so these students have an exciting international learning experience awaiting them after the semester ends. The chance to be immersed in New Zealand’s agri-food sector is substantial motivation for them to be well prepared. However, no matter what classes our ACES students are taking this semester, we know that they are among the best and brightest undergraduates on the planet. A word to that cohort of learners – have no fear, the race to the finish this semester will end well.

Walking between classes