Monday, November 2, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy Monday, Deacs! We are about three weeks away from wrapping up the in-person/ on-campus instruction portion of the semester. We are also one day away from Election Day 2020.  I hope by now,  all who are eligible to vote have done so or will by tomorrow. 

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

  • Important Academic Advising Dates: 

    • 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. 

    • Thursday, November 12th is the last day to drop a second part-of-term course with a grade of “W” 

    • Friday, November 13th is the last day to change from pass/fail to a letter grade in an approved full-term course

    • November 19th and November 20th is the 1st Round of Spring 2021 registration

    • Friday, November 20th is the last day to change from pass/fail to a letter grade in an approved second part-of-term class

    • November 23rd and November 24th is the 2nd Round of Spring 2021 registration

    • November 25th is the first day students may seeking approvals for Spring 2021 overloads (>17 hours) in the WF College

  • 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.

  • International Education Week will take place on Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th and is sponsored by Center for Global Programs and Studies, Intercultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, East Asian Languages, and Campus Recreation. More information about the various events can be found here.

Today, our “Letters So Dear” series continues with a message from junior, Ava Burgess:

I hope your transition into Wake Forest is going smoothly, and welcome to this wonderful community. In this letter so dear, I will be reflecting on advice I wish I knew as a first-year student at Wake. One of the main concerns about coming into Wake was whether or not I would fit in or find people/friends that I would like to be around. I was nervous because I come from a big city and always had friends, so coming into a new environment with people who are not where I’m from, do not look like me, or do not understand my values scared me. I did not want to feel like an outsider.

Even if you do know people coming into Wake, this feeling of nervousness in a new environment and meeting new people is a shared emotional experience that all Wake students face, so you are not alone (I wish I had known that then). In the end, I was able to make friends by just being myself (I know this is very cliche, but it actually works). Making friends at Wake is just a natural flow and I have no idea how my closest friends and I originally met, but we all came together, and I could not be more grateful for having them by my side.

One of the beautiful things about being a Wake student is that you have that ability to truly be yourself and discover new things about yourself that you may not have known before. The best piece of advice I can give you is to be open to new experiences, take risks (step outside of your comfort zone), and find things that you are truly passionate about. You do not have to do everything, which is a misconception in college because in high school you may have been a part of many clubs and organizations to demonstrate leadership or intellectual ability. However, there are so many opportunities and organizations at Wake that are truly unique to those who are passionate about the specific opportunity or organization, so take advantage of these opportunities that interest you the most. I hope this advice helps you on your journey during your first year at Wake!

Feel free to reach out to me if you need a fellow Deac… 

Wishing you the best of luck,

Ava Burgess



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!

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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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