May is the official end of the academic year. It is the month of graduation and a time when many students leave behind the friends they have come to know over the previous nine months to return to family and old friends for three months. It is a joyous time for some, as they celebrate their academic and scholastic achievements. For others, the semesters did not quite go as planned, and they are now presented with the opportunity—and challenge—of retooling in order to live up to their full potential.
No matter the circumstances, I am proud of all of you and honored to have been a part of your life’s journey. The Byrd School of Business, along with Shenandoah University, stands ready to assist you in achieving your dreams. If you are high-achieving, we stand ready to help you move to even greater heights. If you have felt overwhelmed and underachieved, let’s talk about how to get you on track for the fall semester.
Our involvement and concern for you does not stop after your final exam. We want to be part of your success story and help you be all you can be. Please feel free to email, phone, text, tweet, Facebook, or Instagram me (sorry I am not on SnapChat) with updates about your summer. I want to know how we can support you as you prepare for another year with us or make that transition into the work world.
I wish you the best, and remember to live your dreams and not your fears.