Dear Students, 

Every great once in a while my life slows down enough to breathe and take stock of what my personal and professional goals are, but naturally occurring pause points are few and far between, which means I need to create my own. 

This week I encourage you to join me in setting aside some time each day for reflection. It can be time to create a personal or professional plan, time to map out the steps for your plan, or even to set daily goals of what you want to accomplish. I've found that setting aside even 15 minutes can help relieve stress and make my time more productive than ever. In that spirit, here are a few items that may help you get started: 

Maya Angelou once received some sage advice from her grandmother: "If the world puts you on a road you do not like, if you look ahead and do not want that destination which is being offered and you look behind and you do not want to return to your place of departure, step off the road. Build yourself a new path."

I encourage you to examine your road and build your own path.

Dr. Vanden Bout

Joke: How are a dog and a marine biologist alike? One wags a tail and the other tags a whale.