President Philomena V. Mantella and other university leaders welcomed new students to campus during a live-streamed Convocation address August 28. The speakers acknowledged students' resiliency for sticking to their goals of attending college during the challenges COVID-19 brings.
Even though it's a start to an academic year unlike any other, Mantella encouraged students to find joy in their journeys.
"Opening up an academic year, no matter what the challenges and changes we face together, can be enriched by a joyful heart and the recognition that our time is finite and our opportunities are limited or limitless depending on our perspective to see possibilities or constraints," Mantella said.
Sticking to goals, while being adaptable, will help students throughout their college years, Mantella said, while adding the journey to those goals should provide joy. At one point, the screens in the Lubbers Student Services Center showed a quote by Apple CEO Tim Cook: “Let the joy be in your journey, not in some distant goal.”