I hope the week is off to a good start for you! In the midst of the excitement around the quickly-approaching break, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on the significance of the upcoming holiday, and how that relates to our time here at Michigan Tech. I know, that sounds really cheesy, but don’t tune out on me yet!
One of the most emphasized values of Michigan Tech is its sense of community. I’ve always been really impressed that these aren’t just a collection of words that look good on a mission statement, Michigan Tech really means it! For a lot of us, our campus is really far away from our hometowns, and with winters being what they are here in the U.P, most of us can’t manage to go home for a weekend visit on a regular basis. Therefore, it’s really important to find your niche here on campus, and in the Houghton community, to find your Michigan Tech family! This doesn’t mean that you have to be a constant social butterfly with scores of friends (unless you want to be!). Rather, I mean that there is immense value in finding a place in the Michigan Tech community where you feel you belong, and make connections with people who make you feel welcome, and are there for you. In turn, it is crucial that you return the favor. There are few compliments higher than being a good friend, being accepting, empathetic, and non-judgmental toward each fellow member of the Michigan Tech community.
We’re in this journey of higher education and self-discovery together, and our community is what we make it! Let’s renew our drive for making Michigan Tech (our home away from home) a safe, fun, and tolerant place for everyone.
So in the spirit of community, diversity, and learning, don’t forget that this week is International Education Week. Keep an eye out for events that might interest you: https://events.mtu.edu/
I hope you all have a wonderful break! Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!