Monday, November 23, 2020
Dear <<First Name>>,
Happy Monday, Deacs! What a wild ride this semester has been! In fact, it seems especially fitting that some students have written Letters So Dear about roller coasters, of all things! We know this semester has come with its fair share of ups and downs, as has this entire year. We hope in the coming weeks, as busy as they may be, that you are able to look back on all you’ve accomplished these last few months and feel proud. You’re almost finished with your first semester of college - that is NO small feat. In the days and weeks ahead, it will be tempting to procrastinate, skim instead of actively read, and do nothing as opposed to doing everything. Don’t give into the temptation. You’re so close, and you can do this! Finish this semester strong. Give yourself adequate time to study, ask questions if you have them, read, re-read, and take good notes. But mostly importantly, take care of yourself. Get restful sleep, move your body, eat your vegetables, and talk it out when you’re feeling overwhelmed. In just a few short weeks, you’ll be able to press the pause button, decompress, and take a breath. Hang in there until that time comes, and know that we are all rooting for you!!!
While Letters So Dear distribution will be suspended during the Winter break, I hope you might take a few moments to help us assess the impact of the “Letters So Dear” experience on your transition into the Wake Forest University community. This brief survey should only take you about 5 - 10 minutes.
Before we jump into today’s Letters So Dear, we have some important announcements to share:
Important Academic Advising Dates:
Peer Tutoring: The Learning Assistance Center provides peer tutoring in most academic subjects at no cost to any undergraduate student. Tutoring is provided 9 a.m.- 10 p.m., seven days a week, depending on tutor availability. To meet with a tutor, please visit the Tutor Request page and follow the instructions. You can watch a short video about how to use our program. Contact Laura Denlinger at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
2020 Gift of Health: It's that time of year! Looking for that perfect gift for a birthday, holiday, or to share an encouraging reminder that expresses "I love you!"? The Campus Recreation Personal Training Staff can assist by offering the opportunity to give the "Gift of Health." For details, please visit go.wfu.edu/personaltraining.
Today, our “Letters So Dear” series continues with a message from an anonymous submission:
To the incoming freshman class… congratulations! It is terrific to welcome each and every one of you to campus. I remember it being a very exciting time moving onto campus to expand my horizons and challenge myself. I signed up for many clubs, met lots of new people, and registered for all sorts of classes; however, I stretched myself too thin. I remember mid-term grades coming out my first semester and not being impressed. I was disappointed in myself. I did not realize that the countless chances and opportunities that presented themselves in front of me may have consumed me from focusing on what was really important. So, my best advice that I can give to anyone coming into college is…time management.
I am a rising junior now majoring in Medical Chemistry and minoring in Biology and Psychology. I am also a Student Adviser, a tutor at the Chemistry Center, a part of Club tennis, and involved with Greek life. In times of stress, I like to go to the gym or go into my room and listen to music while eating gummy worms I get at the pod. I love to be busy, but the only way I can do that is if I can manage my time efficiently. I need my time for myself, for my friends, and for school so that I can stay well rounded (especially sane.) So, please don’t make the same mistake I did at the end of the semester and learn about how time management skills could have saved you. But if you do, learn from your mistakes and what aspects of your life you need to prioritize to be happy. Take time in talking to your professors during office hours, scheduling the best time to hang with your friends, or fitting in practice for a club sport. Now I am content where my grades are at and happy to be hanging with the right people. You get what you give into your college career, so make it count!