Finish the semester strong

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fellow Mountaineers,

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 part of this journey. 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.

Many years ago, I needed support academically to finish some challenging courses. I will never forget what a difference that support made for me.

Below are a few links to some great resources we have that might help you finish strong. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, talk to your advisor and/or your professor, and remember that Wednesday, October 21st is the last day to drop a class (if needed).

There are others on campus that are here to help you navigate the challenges of life, and the semester as well. Again, it is OK to ask for help from others if you need it.

Always remember, our Dean of Students Office is here to support you if you need a safe place to talk and not sure where to go. Come see us on the 3rd floor of the Student Union (Room 324) if we can be of assistance to you.

Finish the semester strong, and look out for one another these final few weeks.


/s/ J.J. Brown

J.J. Brown
Dean of Students