Giving thanks for things large and small
Posted on December 15, 2010
It’s a bright and seriously cold day in Norton, and the countdown is officially on until the last day of final exams. As the end of the semester rapidly approaches, students are balancing class assignments with a dazzling array of concerts, exhibits, and performances. Music student recitals, the jazz band, and the Wheaton Dance Company have all scheduled performances. So many choices, so little time! But a season to be glad for all that we enjoy.
For many Wheaton students, next semester will include new adventures. First year students are now fully immersed in Wheaton culture, looking ahead to new classes and internships. Sophomores will return early from January break for our annual “Saturday Sophomore Symposium,” a chance to explore career alternatives during and after college. Many juniors are heading off for spring study away programs. We simultaneously are preparing to welcome back those who studied abroad fall semester. If you’ve been following our first student group to attend Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan, they will soon be back on campus to share stories about their incredible experiences. And seniors are beginning to focus- with some ambivalence as they see the end of their college years on the horizon - on life “after Wheaton.”
For those of you who are seniors, it is also the college application season. Did you know that the majority of students applying through the Common Application do so on or at the deadline?! We hope that yours is almost done and soon to be on its way to Wheaton. We’ve completed our review of Early Decision 1 and mid-year students this week, but the bins of regular decision applicants are over-flowing. We promise to use our holiday break to renew, refresh, and recharge so that the reading season is productive. You can give thanks that you are almost at the end of this process!
To all, no matter your holiday of choice, our sincere wishes for a celebratory season and best wishes for the New Year. We promise that at this time next year, the college application process will be but a faint memory, as will your first round of college finals!