Bags are being packed, finals are being taken, and the weather is (finally) warming up! The 2017 - 2018 academic year has brought with it an abundance of changes for St. Norbert College and its students. This year we welcomed a new president, we have opened a new sports center, and we have sadly had to say goodbye to some of our wonderful staff and faculty.
As Editor-in-Chief of the Honors Pulse, I have had the honor of serving the St. Norbert College Honors Program community. For the past two semesters I have been able to develop a greater appreciation for my fellow students and their incredible accomplishments both on and off campus. Our community is wonderfully diverse and complex yet manages to remain cohesive and supportive even after students have left their first year in Bergstrom Hall.
To the Honors Program Class of 2021: Congratulations! You have all survived your first year of college! We are all immensely proud of each of you. Over the course of this past year, I can honestly say that I have constantly been both astounded and impressed by the leadership and camaraderie of your class. I am excited to watch all of you grow and succeed during your time here as I know you will.
To the Honors Program Class of 2020: First of all, thank you for putting up with me for two whole years. I am beyond thrilled to know that I will be able to spend the next two years with all of you. Our class is full of such wonderful people and I cannot wait to see what each of you will achieve as we speed ever closer to graduation!
To the Honors Program Class of 2019: Thank you for continuing to uphold the ideals and principles of the Honors Program. Your class continues to be a model for all who follow you. Good luck going into your senior year; we are all eager to watch what you will accomplish.
To the Honors Program Class of 2018: We are all extremely excited to watch you move on to the next part of your lives. I know you will all accomplish extraordinary things. You have each been an inspiration to our students and community. Though you will all be missed, your Honors Program family will always be there for you no matter where you go.
As I step down from my position, I wish my wonderful staff members and successor, Hanna Reinke the very best. Thank you all for supporting me and tolerating my ramblings and last-minute changes. I know the publication will only continue to grow and thrive in the years to come.
Of course it would not truly be a heartfelt reflection from yours truly without a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien. To add to arguably the greatest words of Bilbo Baggins (because, yes, I am that kind of nerd), “I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve” but I hope that I have served you well as Editor-in-Chief of the Honors Pulse and am incredibly excited to spend the next two years on campus as part of this wonderful community.
As Ever, Many Warm Regards,