The school year is off to an excellent start. It is amazing how quickly everyone seems to adapt from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened pace of the school year. There is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through, but I haven’t seen any students who have had much difficulty adjusting to the demands of the academic rigors. If that changes for any of our students, we will be sure to let you know.
As the students have returned to Nobles and have begun their Class II experience, one of my hopes for them is that they will become even better advocates for themselves than they previously have been. First of all, I hope that the students will feel that they have the opportunity to speak with their teachers about anything that may be troubling them. Since my first day at Nobles, I have been incredibly impressed with the level of commitment that the faculty demonstrates toward the students. As a result, no student should ever worry about seeking extra help from a teacher. And if a student feels overwhelmed with work, s/he should meet with his/her teacher to see if there is anything that can be done to help alleviate the stress that s/he is feeling. Of course, the student’s advisor and I will help anyone with this as well, but my hope is that each student feels confident enough to serve as his/her own primary advocate.
Additionally, my hope for the students is that they understand they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are as well rested as possible. I recognize that the students have a lot to do, but they need to understand that there comes a time each day when the best thing that they can do for themselves is to get their rest. And, of course, eating a well-balanced diet will contribute to their overall health. Finally, what they do on the weekend has a profound impact. Oftentimes, the weekend can serve as an opportunity to catch up on the rest that they may not have gotten during a particularly busy week. My hope for the students is that they will use the weekends to catch up on sleep and not exhaust themselves to the point where they are forced to catch up on rest during the week.
In conclusion, my hope for the students is that they realize they are empowered to better their lives and those around them. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to meet this class and am excited to have the opportunity to work with the students throughout the year. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Enjoy the autumn months.
Class II Dean