September 3, 2019
Welcome to all our new first-year and transfer students and welcome back to all our continuing students!
I hope you are energized to begin the fall semester and ready to take advantage of the great classes you’re taking as well as events and other opportunities on campus.
In this first weekly message of the academic year, I want to take a moment to encourage you to reach out and meet new people, especially people from backgrounds different from your own.
Throughout our lives there are social, economic, and political forces that isolate us from people from different backgrounds, for example, where we live or go to high school. College is one time in our lives where those forces are reduced: our community here at Hofstra University is very diverse. Take advantage of that diversity to meet people with different ideas and from different backgrounds. Be open to learning from their experiences: it may (and probably will) change your life!
As we begin the semester, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on what you want to achieve this semester. For instance, I hope all students have a goal of getting grades at a certain level or higher in your courses. However, some of you might want to set a goal of finding a minor to add to your program; while others might want to find a leadership opportunity in a student club. I encourage all of you to set a goal of attending some campus events, including special speakers, performances (including performances of our own Hofstra students), or exhibits in our museum. There are certainly lots of opportunities to “explore next door” both through Student Affairs sponsored trips as well as opportunities for you to go on your own. Whatever your goals might be, if you write them down and post that list in a place where you’ll see it frequently, you’ll be more likely to achieve them.
This semester will be chock-full of exciting events and I will list some of them in my weekly message to you. In this first week of the semester, I encourage you to drop by the Hofstra Museum of Art to see the new exhibit, “Other People’s Parties,” at the David Filderman Gallery on the 9th floor of Axinn Library.
Congratulations to Matthew Cerillo, Music Performance Major, Class of ’20, for his outstanding performance at Convocation on Friday, August 30. His singing of the national anthem and the Hofstra alma mater were as powerful as they were beautiful: Matthew, you made us all proud!
Your Friendly Neighborhood Dean,