Message from Dean of Students: Thanks for making my hard days easier, and my good days even better

Thursday, April 25, 2013

At the end of each semester, things get hectic and stressful for everyone on campus. The pressure of managing deadlines, relationships, work, internships, summer plans, travel, money, housing… it can seem endless. When things get particularly stressful for me, I take comfort in the knowledge that at Appalachian, we genuinely care about - and take care of - one another. Disagreements with roommates, friends, co-workers or professors come up, and that's life. So is juggling all of the demands on our time, energy and attention. But at Appalachian, all that goes out the window when we know someone needs our help. I see examples of generosity and selflessness from our students, staff and faculty every day, and that's what makes me want to get up and come to work, even on the really hard days. The nature of life is that it comes with challenges, but managing these challenges is easier when we can lean on others every now and again. When you see someone who needs some support, offer it. When you need support, ask for it. And when support is offered, take it. In doing so, managing the challenges becomes easier, and celebrating success is even sweeter.

-JJ Brown