Monday, September 28, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,
Before we jump into today’s Letters So Dear, we have some important announcements to share:
DEADLINE REMINDER: New, transfer and returning Global AWAKEnings students are expected to complete Module II by Thursday, October 1st. Please visit canvas.wfu.edu and log in with your student credentials (e.g. your WFU email username and password). For more details about New Deac 101, please review the following message in full.
One Stop Voting in North Carolina: One-stop voting in North Carolina will run from October 15-31. 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!
Short Form Book Club: Do you enjoy reading, learning new things, and engaging in lively discussions? Then the Short Form Book Club is for you! We are meeting virtually throughout the semester to discuss abbreviated works of literature and commentary-- such as short stories, essays, poems, blogs, podcasts, etc. Register for an upcoming meeting today! Once you've registered, we'll send along more information about our reading list and scheduled meetings.
Small Group Training: Do you enjoy working out with others but prefer specific training formats? Experience the best of both worlds: receive the benefits of a personalized training program joined by other like-minded participants in a small supportive group. Small Group Training (SGT), allows you to discover individual as well as group success, participate in a comprehensive workout, accountability with a team and an overall strong sense of community all while being coached by a certified trainer.
Announcement from Residence Life and Housing: At WFU the Resident Adviser (RA) position is the premier position on campus and the ultimate internship for your student. The RA position offers high-level experience, critical thinking and references for every resume whether you are a Pre-Med major or on the Business Track! To be an RA at WFU is to be a leader, role model, and community builder. RAs create programs that enhance community, build positive relationships with residents, and create a safe environment where residents have opportunities to grow academically and socially. We provide our RAs with help developing their Resumes, as well as regular 1:1s with a Masters level, professional staff member, and personal support for the challenges that they navigate during college. RAs also receive great benefits such as a private room at a reduced rate and a 10 month stipend! Being an RA is truly transformational both personally and professionally! Take the leap and dRAft Your Future with us, we promise it will be worth it. The application will be opening on October 8th and closes on December 10th. Be sure to follow us on instagram @WFURLH to keep up with application updates and learn more about the role from current RAs. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, our “Letters So Dear” series continues with a message from sophomore, Frank Liu:
What would you tell your freshman self now... about going through your first set of finals, making friends, finding community, going through your first break up, finding the right major, about changing your major, or even finding your passion?
I just finished my freshman year under such an unexpected and stressful situation. However, I still identify it as one of the best memories of my life. If I were to have the opportunity to tell my freshman self now, I would say, "If you hesitate about whether or not you are going to do something, just go for it." It won't hurt. At Wake Forest, tons of resources and opportunities are there for you to explore. Sometimes I thought of myself as just a freshman; my academic capacity and skills were not sufficient for me to engage in a lot of clubs, research opportunities, or leadership positions. However, if you think the way I did, you will lose a big part of your amazing college life. A major component of college is to learn from experience. Academics, while very important, are not the only part of college. The experiences outside of the classroom are the ones that will shape you to be a better person. I would suggest trying the clubs that sound interesting to you; go and ask your professors about research opportunities (the worst you can get is a rejection); talk to staff from different offices, asking questions and expressing your concerns; roll the quad with your friends; go support your Deacs at sporting events! The small community of Wake Forest allows close relationships and individual attention to each student. Please take advantage of this amazing community we have, and don't hesitate to reach out. There are so many valuable opportunities and wonderful events, but you may not find out about them until you actually talk to someone! Be active, be bold, and enjoy your life.
To be honest, I was sometimes overwhelmed by the workload of college. You might know that Wake has a nickname of "Work Forest." All of you are the top students from your high school, but you suddenly started to struggle in college. This transition was appalling, and some of you might be afraid of asking for help because you don't want others to think you are not smart. I just want to tell you that it is perfectly normal to struggle, and the truth is that everyone struggles. Remember, ALL professors at Wake are very nice and helpful! They all want every one of you to succeed. Reach out to a mentor, TA, or go to office hours. Use review sessions held by the LAC-DS and academic departments, especially during midterms and finals week. Be responsible for your academics. I sincerely believe every one of you is capable of overcoming the challenge ahead.
Lastly and always, Go Deacs!!