It is August and, as we all know, that means start of a new semester. Each semester is another step toward your goals of academic success. You are enrolled in courses which will push you to think in new ways, you will explore new information you have not heard before, and you will take part in events which will create new memories.
For the new members of our community, this semester is one of exploration. Over the next four and a half months you will seek out new places on campus. You will learn where your classes are located, the buildings where most of the activities for major take place, and your favorite places to study on campus. This semester, you will develop friendships that will last a lifetime and find your place within our community. I hope you will take the time to get involved and engaged with NMSU. You can do this many different ways: meet your professors outside the classroom, choose a few student organizations to join, or utilize the activity center. Let your interest and hobbies guide you to your involvement. Be more than a student, be an active member of our community.
For our returning students, continue on your path. This semester push yourself to study more and try new things on campus. I encourage you to take the time to build a mentoring relationship with your faculty. Let your faculty know your goals as a student and in life. Many of our faculty members want to help students succeed. All you have to do is ask. I also encourage you to mentor a younger student. Serving as a mentor can be a rewarding experience. All it takes is some time on your part to help another person. You have been in their position before and you know what it takes to succeed. Impart that knowledge onto someone else.
College can and should be an amazing time in your life. Take full advantage of all NMSU has to offer you in the coming year. Push yourself to experience new things, establish your values, and discover who you can be.
I wish you the best of luck in the coming year.
Dean of Students