It is tradition time, 2018. You were special because you marked the first time in my career that I taught a class exclusively composed of seniors. You know that the reputation your class had left something to be desired. I am still not sure we didn't just miss some key things about you. In some ways, you were better than most at some of the things we say we value, but maybe really don't. In that way, I was convicted by your class. You asked questions that will linger for me. Thank you. This letter is my annual attempt to offer some answers.
Before I start, I understand that this is very college-centric. For those of you going to the military or work, many of the same ideas hold. Just adapt the scenario. Some of this is from years past. Some are things that you have inspired. Anyway, here goes:
With that, here is the annual list of suggestions. Some of these are still hard, but I am WAY better at #1....
Embrace this opportunity, 2018. You represent so much possibility. You, maybe more than any other class I've seen, understand the complexities and uncertainties that surround you. It isn't going to be easy, but you folks are worker bees. Keep at it. Decide who you will become and then chip away at the marble until you are art. (SO many metaphors!) I believe in you, and I cannot wait to see what's next!