This week, I want to talk directly to our students: Re-entry is hard … you’ve been through the orientation activities, gotten to know some of your classmates, started your classes, and realized that summer really is over.
There is a lot going on and you may be finding it hard to keep up. You may be wondering if this really was the right program for you. Maybe you don’t feel as smart as the other amazing people in your classes. All of this is normal. Make no mistake, you belong here.
You wanted to be here so you can make a difference and because you have a passion for the environment; this degree is your passport for pursuing that purpose. If you are struggling, a slightly less ambitious class load might be helpful or maybe you need to work on your organizational and time management skills.
These problems are solvable and stopping by to have a conversation with our amazing Student Services team could help. The first semester of any program is usually the most challenging. Give yourself a break. And while you are at it, come to Field Day this Saturday in Duke Forest. We would love to see you there!