New year offers opportunities
August 25, 2006 —
The dawn of a new school year is here. Gone are the days of sleeping in until noon and hanging out with your friends the rest of the day. No more working forty and fifty hours a week to stockpile money so you can blow it on trips to Wal-Mart and Fashion Square Mall when you come back to campus. No more trips to the beach with friends and family. Family vacations are complete and the journey back to our home away from home has now begun.
Now we are back to the daily grind of attending lectures at 9 a.m. We are back to spending the two hour breaks in between classes studying at the tables in Einstein's Eatery. Welcome back to the countless hours of researching topics in the library. Welcome back to fun times enjoying meals at the RFoC and fun events in the Multi-Purpose room. It's back to the late night runs to the C-Store and 7-11 for that late night energy boost. Welcome back to last minute stops by the computer labs in Curtiss Hall and Science East to print off that 750-1200 word essay on the way to class.
I offer up a special welcome to our newest Cardinals, both freshmen and transfer students. Welcome to our community within a community. We welcome you with open arms and hope that you will embrace the opportunities that lie before you to immerse yourself in the various groups and organizations that Saginaw Valley State University has to offer. We invite you to get out and enjoy the shopping and entertainment that Kochville Township, Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City have to offer.
I urge all of my fellow Cardinals to take advantage of the Writing Center, the Math Resource Center, the Student Technology Center, and Academic Advising. They are here to help us with any academic issue that we have. Go over to the Ryder Center and use the Fitness Center and swimming pool to unwind after a long day of classes. Get involved with Rec/IM sports and root for the Cardinals as they take on all comers from across the GLIAC conference.
Now that we've all returned to SVSU, it's time to build on our time management skills while others look to refresh those they already have. It is time to find that perfect balance between school, work, and a social life. While that may be an easy thing to do for some, others may find it to be a monumental task. It is important to find that balance to avoid becoming stressed out.
There are a few different avenues you can go about finding help on campus to achieve that perfect balance, such as the Academic Advising office or even the Student Counseling services. They can help walk you through finding that perfect balance.
Lastly, we all know that we are here to earn a degree and go on to become successful people in society. However, school is going to be hard sometimes but it's also supposed to be fun. There are various opportunities to make your collegiate experience an enjoyable one. It took me a while to learn that lesson, but now even I'm immersing myself in this community and I urge you to do so as well. Welcome back to the nest my fellow Cardinals. Let's make it a great year!