The school year is off to an excellent start. First of all, we have welcomed nine new students to the Class of 2015. From the first day of the retreat, everyone seems to have adjusted well from the slower pace of the summer months to the quickened one of the school year.
There is obviously a period of adjustment that everyone goes through. But the students haven't had much difficulty adjusting to the demands of the academic rigors. If that changes for any of our students, I will be sure to let you know.
As students have begun their Class II experience, one of my hopes for them is that they will become even better advocates for themselves than before. I hope that 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 towards students. No student should ever worry about seeking extra help from a teacher. Students that feel overwhelmed should meet with their teacher on how to best manage their workload. Of course, a student’s adviser and I will be available to help. But my hope is that the each student feels confident enough to serve as his or her own primary advocate.
Most importantly, I feel that students should understand that they will only be able to work to their fullest potential if they are as well-rested and as healthy as possible. I fully understand 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, students should be sure to eat a well balanced diet since that will contribute to overall health.
Finally, students should understand that weekend activities will profoundly impact the healthy habits. Oftentimes, the weekend is a great opportunity to catch up on rest. My hope is that each of our students will use the weekends to catch up on sleep. It is important that on the weekends students do not exhaust themselves to the point where it has an impact on them during the week.
In conclusion, my hope for all of the students is that they realize that 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 them throughout the course of 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