Take a break - you’ve earned it!

Take a break - you’ve earned it!

Dec 16
Jason Emmert, Assistant Dean, Academic Programs

My job involves working with prospective students and often times their parents, in a variety of settings ranging from conventions, to office meetings, to ACES-related recruitment events (like Explore ACES, March 13-14, 2015 - #shamelessplug). But as someone with a high school junior in my house, I’ve gained a newfound appreciation for the hard work and determination that goes into preparing for college. It’s a process that can be difficult, rewarding, exhilarating, and even frightening, with so many factors that are out of your control. But in the long run, what could more worth it – preparing for a career in which you can hopefully make a difference in the world!

I never fail to be amazed at the accomplishments of our prospective students, but what I find just as inspiring is the fact that they typically don’t simply rest on their past accomplishments once they start college. They stay involved, just like in high school, but they also add study abroad experiences, internships, leadership positions in a variety of activities, and often a number of service-related projects. Of course we know these activities help prepare for the next stage of life (gainful employment)! But I don’t want to overlook the tremendous amount of dedication and perseverance it takes to continue to work hard. 

And you know what? This type of behavior usually doesn’t stop at graduation. Our students become leaders in their organizations and communities. They’ve learned to lead, while continuing to prepare for the future; harnessing their energies and utilizing their skills and knowledge. I guess it’s a habit, and thank goodness for that. 

Wherever you are in this process – preparing for college, pursuing your degree, or hard at work in the “real world,” my hope for you in that over the holidays you get to take a break and reflect on the great things you’ve accomplished. I believe this will give you energy to move forward and continue to learn and prepare for the wonderful opportunities the future has in store. And if you have time, take a moment to do a cartwheel in the snow (or like in my case, watch someone younger and in better shape do a cartwheel!). 

this sums up the winter break pretty well! (in the ACES Library)
This sums up the winter break pretty well! (in the ACES Library)