Monday, October 12, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy Monday, Deacs! This semester has moved rather quickly, and I can’t believe we’re in mid-October enjoying the beautiful fall scenery that is Mother So Dear. For those completing your studies at home, I encourage you to check out the Hearn Plaza webcam from time-to-time as it is a great way to keep your eye on the changing seasons and our Quad happenings.

In a few weeks, our country will be provided with the opportunity to elect our next President. The Office of Civic & Community Engagement has created a fantastic initiative called Deacs Decide, which aims to raise awareness about issues at stake in the 2020 election; educate the campus and Winston-Salem community; and register students, faculty, and staff to vote. 

Speaking of voting...

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:

First, we have a quick note from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA). The 2021 Student Advising Application is now live. We will be accepting applications through Friday, October 16th, so act quickly! First time applicants are also required to complete a Spark Hire video interview, which must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, November 1st.

Being a Student Adviser is a great way to reflect on your first semester at WFU, give back to other first-year students, and gain valuable knowledge and leadership experience. It’s not about having all the answers, but rather, supporting your fellow students as they transition to college and figure out what it means to be a successful Demon Deacon. 

Before you go to complete the Student Adviser application, please make sure you are only logged into your WFU gmail account; otherwise, you will receive an error message about needing permission to access the application. Qualifications and responsibilities for this position are outlined on the first page of the application. If you have additional questions or concerns, please email Student Advising (

Second, Advising and registration will be here before you know it! Be proactive, and make your planning appointments at OAA starting now! Call 336.758.3320 or email for an appointment as spots tend to fill up fast! Once the advising period begins, we will not be able to accommodate large numbers of planning appointments, so make sure you're utilizing the following resources to assist you in making registration decisions. Remote “walk-ins” remain available for quick 5-10 minute phone conversations about courses, but they cannot facilitate long-range planning. 

After registration concludes, our office can review your Spring 2021 schedule and talk you through modifications if you feel they are necessary.  

Today, our “Letters So Dear” series continues with a message from sophomore, Gabby Valencia:

Learning to manage your time in college is an undeniably daunting task. The possibilities at Wake Forest are seemingly endless! There are a variety of clubs you can join. There are a plethora of classes to decide between. There are a hundred different ways to spend your weekend. 

I know your options can be overwhelming. Ironically, having so much freedom can feel paralyzing. But honestly, the best piece of advice I can give is to be intentional with your time. You are going to have to prioritize. Do what is most important to you. What is your ideal college experience? Figure out what that looks like. Are you planning on pursuing your current passions or indulging in new opportunities? Maybe you are hoping to do both. Set goals for yourself, and think of practical ways to attain them.

Although it is important to remember how precious your limited time is, it is equally valuable to take time out of your day for self-care. College is thrilling and exhilarating, but it is also intimidating and grueling. Do what you need to do to recharge and be ready to face the world. Maybe you need to watch your favorite TV show in your dorm, or maybe you have to take a walk through the Reynolda Gardens to find some peace. 

So yes, have fun and push your comfort zone, but do not forget to take breaks and look after your physical and mental health. If you do end up having to make a tough decision of how to spend your time, do not regret what you didn’t do because that will not be constructive. Instead, appreciate the way your day ended up turning out. There is no way to do your first year wrong. As long as you’re satisfied with the way you’ve spent your time, then your first year was a success. 


Kind Regards,

Gabby Valencia


If you have not done so already, be sure to follow @WFUOrientation on Twitter.  Be sure to follow @WFUOrientation, @WFUStuAdvising, and @WFU.OAA on Twitter.  @WFUStudentAdvising on Instagram is another great resource; members of the Student Advising Leadership Council are sharing great advice and are happy to answer any questions you may have!

The Office of Academic Advising
Location: 125 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336.758.3320
Fax: 336.758.4548
The Office of Academic Advising
Location: 125 Reynolda Hall
Phone: 336.758.3320
Fax: 336.758.4548

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