Spring 2021-Welcome!

Welcome Back: Spring Semester 2021

Let’s get it! Let’s GO!

I hope that Winter break was restful and restorative for each of you. Today marks the start of the Spring 2021 semester. For the majority of us, that also means another semester of working and learning virtually. Personally speaking, I empathize with anyone susceptible to the pressure that distance learning may inflict. However, one definition of the word ‘spring’ is to originate or arise from. Take a moment and ask yourself, “What do I want to originate or arise from this experience?”

As Spring 2021 ramps up, may you challenge yourself to go outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps you can build up the courage to ask a ‘tough’ professor to be your mentor. Or you can join a lab to gain the training and skills you don’t have. Those of you who haven’t declared a major yet can explore a range interesting courses and determine if it’s your field. You could also join an organization and assume a leadership role or volunteer to help those less fortunate. The possibilities to use your time wisely are endless if you use your imagination. Be bold.

We are also well aware that the global pandemic continues. We honor the lives lost and families who are grieving. So, I urge you to return to your studies as the best possible version of yourself. Invest in ways to balance all of your personal and professional responsibilities safely. Below are a few COVID19 precautions that I would like to remind you of.

New Variants, New Rules

1. Reduce risk of exposure with less time spent in crowded spaces like the grocery store
2. Upgrade to a two or three layer mask or double mask (a surgical and a cloth mask)
3. Avoid time indoors or in poorly ventilated areas with people outside of your household/bubble
4. Remain six or more feet apart from others; protect your personal space
5. Cut down the amount of time spent dining indoors
6. Thoroughly wash and sanitize your hands often while avoiding touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth)

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