Monday, October 26, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy Monday, Deacs! We are one week closer to wrapping up this semester and inching closer to the time when you’ll begin registering for your Spring semester of courses. Spring 2021 courses will continue to be offered in several modalities. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Office of Academic Advising via walk-in hours.

We are a little over a week away from wrapping up the Presidential elections.  If you are registered to vote, we hope that you will exercise your right to do so.  One-stop voting in North Carolina will run from Thursday, October 15th through Saturday, October 31st. Students can register and vote, all at once. The closest one-stop voting site for Wake Forest students is Winston-Salem First Assembly Church, just steps from campus. Voting will take place seven days a week. Hours will vary depending on the day. Click here for one-stop voting hours and other locations. Unsure of your voter registration status? Check online here. It’ll take two minutes! 

Before we jump into today’s Letters So Dear, we have some important announcements to share:

  • Important Academic Advising Dates: 

    • Monday, October 26th is the last day to drop a course with a grade of “W” 

    • Friday, October 30th is the last day to drop second part-of-term courses AND change from a letter grade to pass/fail in an approved second part-of-term course

    • Friday, October 30th: Spring 2021 course schedule available in the Registration Portal

    • November 2nd to November 18th is the advising period. Students will be contacted by their advisers to discuss their academic plans for the spring semester. All advising appointments will take place virtually

  • Wake Forest Sociology Faculty, Dr. Brittany Battle will host a discussion with Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Brown University), author of Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court, on Wednesday, October 28th at 6pm. They will engage in a dialogue around her work examining colorblind racism in the institution of law, as well as the responsibility of academics to engage with multiple publics. The event is free and open to faculty, staff and students. To register for this event, click here.

  • Wellbeing Coaching: Need to talk through making a decision, set up a daily schedule, or discuss other short-term goals?  Want to find out more about wellbeing coaching?  Drop-in coaching offers the opportunity to see what coaching is like as you look at situations from all angles and get a different perspective, without a longer-term commitment.  You can choose to move to traditional coaching after a drop-in session, but it is not required.  Click here to book your Wellbeing Coaching session.

  • Growing Stronger: Understanding Race and The Christian Calling is a series of monthly “town hall” meetings for college students. CBFNC Campus Ministers and representatives from several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will gather virtually with students to talk about the events that this summer has brought to a broader audience about racial inequality. The goals of the “town hall” meetings are to raise awareness, promote engagement, and formulate actions. For more information and Zoom access details, please contact Dr. Chris Towles.

Today, our “Letters So Dear” series continues with a message from senior, Laura Horton:

I hope that each of you are incredibly proud of your accomplishments and are excited to begin your new journey at Wake. As a senior, I look back on these past three years and I cannot believe how quickly they flew by. I know that it sounds cliché, but your time in college will be over before you know it, so I highly encourage you all to make the most of your experience. 

The best advice that I can give you is to be open to new things and to take advantage of every opportunity that you can. I came to Wake with a set plan: double-major in Economics and Politics, join Student Government, study for the LSAT junior year, and attend law school after graduation. After attending the Involvement Fair in the fall, I realized that Wake has so much to offer, so many things that I never would have considered!

I ended up joining a sorority, something that I never imagined I would do, joining the business fraternity and gaining an interest in consulting, taking a communications class as a divisional and changing my major, becoming heavily involved in Student Advising and Project Pumpkin, and having the most incredible time attending field hockey, soccer, and football games!!

I decided to study abroad in London during the spring of my sophomore year because I had never travelled outside of the country before and Wake students spoke of how abroad “changed their lives.” At the time, I laughed, but it truly did change mine. Instead of leaving Europe in May, I added a French minor and studied abroad in France during the summer. I am even going to be the IPA at the Worrell House in London during the fall after I graduate because I still can’t seem to get enough of abroad. I have also changed my career path from corporate law to international law. I had an amazing experience taking the Wake Summer Pre-Law program where I met an international lawyer who has become my mentor. As a side note- the networking opportunities at Wake are incredible and helped to introduce me to so many people, setting me up for success after graduation, so I highly recommend that you attend as many networking events and career fairs as possible!

I encourage you all to explore new things and find what you love. Take advantage of the amazing resources and opportunities at Wake. Your fellow students, faculty, and staff are all here to help you succeed and enjoy your time here. I cannot wait for you to all find your home at Wake and make the most incredible memories over the next four years!




Laura Horton

Politics & International Affairs and Communication Majors

French Studies Minor



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Location: 125 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336.758.3320
Fax: 336.758.4548
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Location: 125 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336.758.3320
Fax: 336.758.4548

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