I hope that this new academic year is filled with good things for all of our students, faculty, and staff. Learning is exciting and exhausting. Some days everything connects, makes sense, and we see all sorts of possibilities for applying our knowledge to the real world. Other days, well… not so much!
As with many things in life learning is not a straight line. Instead, learning is a spiral. As we learn new ideas those ideas touch upon previous knowledge and in that moment of touching new possibilities are created. Learning also challenges us to let go of what we think we know; we may feel frustrated as we realize how much we have to learn.
We learn best in relationship — whether you are in an on-campus class, or sitting in your living room, you need to develop relationships with your teachers, classmates, the scholars you study — those relationship will help you understand yourself better. So take the time to talk to your classmates, feel free to disagree with the authors of your textbooks, ask your instructors questions — be engaged!
Blessings on your journey!