Our 16 colleges have just finished spring break, which gives faculty, staff and students time to relax and recharge before the end of the semester rush. Completing the spring semester brings a great feeling of completion and celebration, but we’re not there yet.
These next few weeks are stressful for students as they finish up their classwork and study for finals. Even though it’s a hectic time for faculty and staff as well, our job is to help students get through it and accomplish their goals.
One of the greatest rewards for us is to see our students complete their programs and graduate. And what a feeling of accomplishment for them! Some of them weren’t sure they could do the work, but our faculty and staff were there cheering them on and helping get them to this point. Now, we have to help them get over the finish line.
During the next few weeks, our faculty and staff will increase their roles as cheerleaders, coaches, counselors and mentors. When students get down and think they can’t finish, we will remind them why they’re here and that their sacrifices are worth it.
I talk a great deal about the Kentucky Dream of improving lives through education that leads to good jobs. For our students to live this dream, we must continue to be their dream catchers. Let’s make sure our students make it across the finish line and celebrate their win!