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Thank You Later...


"Emerging Adulthood" is defined as a new conception of development from the period of the late teens through the twenties, with a focus on ages 18-25 (Arnette, 2000). During this time emerging adults tend to explore identity in three different areas which include work, love, and world views. While all of this exploration is taking place this same sub-population of students in college are making mistakes and potentially changing the course of their lives and views forever. Sometimes its tough to watch and other times it is gut wrenching to be involved with. However, at the end of the lesson, once you make it through that tough "thing" thats overwhelming you will definitely say "Thank You" later.

Being in administration, there are tough decisions that must be made which are reflective of wanting what is best for you even when you can't see it in the present moment. Often times I can be the bearer of bad news or I can be the confidant you look forward to sharing your collegiate journey with. At any rate, you're going to mess up and its going to be ok. Everyone is not out to ruin your life academically, and/or socially contrary to what you may think. However it rolls out, I guarantee you will be better after your experience and I'm pretty sure I'll hear a "Thank You" later.

Dear Students,

Sometimes it's difficult to transition from a 12th grader being told what to do... to a fully functional college student expected to have it together over the next few months. You leave grade school in May/June and start college in August. Know that you can't do this alone and no student should ever have to. Seek the help and resources your institution provides, give feedback on how you want to improve your experience, and share your new knowledge with friends. The bottom line is Yes you will make mistakes and yes you will have life altering experiences. More importantly, keep going, keep learning and keep growing.

-Dean Felder


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