To my students this fall:
Welcome to the new semester, to Butler Community College, and to college more generally. Not that you are required to be reading these words (and before I forget, welcome to this blog, too), but the fact that you are bodes well for you. It shows you to be curious and to be willing to go above and beyond what will be expected of you as students, both of which are attributes that will stand you in good stead in college . . . and beyond.
If you are entering freshmen, much of what you’ll be encountering this fall will be brand new to you. You are probably excited and nervous, and perhaps even apprehensive about all of this newness. You may also be thinking, “All this new-semester stuff is old hat to the guy who is writing these words.” That’s not an unfair assumption on your part. After all, this marks my 17th year at Butler, and at my prior university I taught for seven years before coming here. So, I’ve been in this business for a while now. But this year will be very different for me as well, though mostly in ways that will be invisible to you, and those differences are such that, in many ways, I will be feeling very much like you probably do about this semester.