Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Welcome back

A quick positive post while we are busy getting the semester underway. It is great to have the positive energy on campus of new students making their way around the place. It's fun seeing them lost in Faner, and trying to help them out. Not because I enjoy seeing students lost, but because it reminds me of how much they can change and grow here. Those familiar with my bike rack post (et al) know that I am fond of seeing large things in little ones. That goes for good as well as ill. So seeing students learning their way around campus functions for me as a metaphor for what our students can learn here: how to find their way around other things, though their chosen academic disciplines, into and through more thoughtful lives. Those wide open eyes (even behind the sunglasses of the graduate student pictured below, who's studying for the PhD in campus geography, navigation of Faner Hall) are a large part of what keeps all of us energized and excited ourselves, year in and year out.

Clicking on this photo, stolen from the Southern, will take you to their story on the start of the semester. 

And, in case you're wondering, there was still room at the bike rack this morning. Perhaps we will all be okay, one way or another.

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