Amateurs, I did it! We’re nearing the end of the semester and it’s time for a well-deserved break.
I am very grateful to the students who attended with their fellow undergraduates this semester. We are all part of the Buff family, and I am grateful to those who have supported and relied on each other during difficult times. Thank you for looking for each other. Thank you for continuing to wear face masks this semester. Thank you to students at CU Student Government, Program Council, Cultural Events Council, Council of Distinguished Speakers, CU GOLD, HealthBuffs Peer Educators, Resident Advisers, Residence Hall Association, Trip Leaders, Neighborhood Ambassadors, ASAP Educators, Student Staff, and Recognized Greek Organizations He acknowledged the student organizations that planned the events and helped their classmates get out of this semester. Each of you has strongly contributed to the affiliation and involvement of students at CU Boulder.
As we continue to navigate uncertain times in the near future, I encourage you to continue to appear to your communities in this way. As winter break begins later this week, here are three things I encourage you to do over the next few weeks.
rest and relax
Winter break is the time to slow down and rest or focus on other areas. Use this time to do things you enjoy that you probably don’t have time for during class. Maybe it’s through craft projects, going out skiing or snowboarding, watching TV shows or reading for fun. Or take the opportunity to work a few extra hours at your part-time job, or work on a passionate project outside of academics. Whatever you choose to do, I encourage you to be intentional in your time and make the most of your break.
Think of the last semester
After you have a week or two to recover from your finals, take some time to think about this semester. What went well, and what did you find challenging? Are there lessons you can learn from those experiences?
Think about the times when you felt stressed. What is the cause of your stress? Was there anything that helped you succeed? While thinking about it, try to think of some things you can do during the winter holidays to help yourself in the future when things get stressful. Maybe this is creating a new playlist of some of your favorite songs to listen to, or getting a new chart and making a schedule for yourself. Perhaps a weekly phone call is set up with a family member or friend to check in throughout the spring semester. There are many ways to help manage stress, and what may work for some may not always work for others. Try a few things over the winter break to see what works for you.
Be proud of your accomplishments, big and small
When thinking about the past few months, it can be easy to focus on areas for improvement. Also, remember to think about everything you accomplished this semester.
Perhaps you got high marks on a piece of paper that you found difficult to write. Or maybe you just stepped out of your comfort zone and tried something new. You may have expanded your social circle, or had a breakthrough with someone you weren’t compatible with. All of these efforts are reasons to be proud of yourself, and I encourage you to be proud of your accomplishments this semester – no matter how small they may seem.
And for the undergraduates graduating this semester – congratulations! The past few years haven’t always been easy, but you’ve worked hard and hard. You have shown resilience and fortitude in difficult times. I am proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself. Congratulations once again on your academic achievement, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Amateurs, I hope you have a wonderful winter vacation, and I will see you in the new year.
Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs