Encouragement Amidst of “Much”: The School of Education Dinner


The end of the semester is full of… so much. Assignments are due. That senior paper on that obscure topic is looming over your existence. Those group projects happen where everything that can possibly go wrong does. You wake up one day and realize that you totally spaced, and forgot to submit that project that also happens to be 25% of your grade. Panic and stress are often your constant companions, and then on top of everything there are all these end of the semester events…because everything is ending at the same time. There are hall meetings in the dorms, awards banquets, and thank-you dinners. There are good-byes to say to friends who are graduating, thank-you notes to write, applications to submit, jobs to secure for the summer, and an endless list of things that must be done before the last day of the semester. There is much. Amidst all this “much” being invited to one more event can make me want to crawl under my desk and hide from the world (for the record, don’t do that. I confess to having done this, and it doesn’t help anything).

Amidst all this “much” I got invited to the School of Education Dinner. However, this was not an event to add to my list of things to do. This was an event I wanted to attend and knew I would thoroughly enjoy. Let me explain…

The Dinner is always held in Shuman Hall. Shuman Hall seriously looks like a castle from a Dutch fairy tale, and I even heard once that someone got married there. The windows overlook campus, the town, and the river. You can see beyond your stress there.

At the Dinner, the meal was great. Though, I will admit to attending campus events only to get free food…that’s not why I came to this one. I came because of the community of the Education Department and the care of its professors. I sat at my table with people I have gone through the program with, people who understand where I’m coming from, but there were also new people to meet, new freshmen. The Education Department doesn’t have this snotty separation between freshmen and upperclassmen; we all encourage each other. There were more good things at the Dinner as well: awards given, thank-you’s said to both professors and students. We were all cheering each other on–and I realized what a privilege it is to be a part of a community that is able to cheer one another on in the midst of “much”. Friends, this is one of my favorite parts of being an Education Major at Nyack College.