Monday, March 29, 2010

Gratitude for Student Leaders

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our student leaders who have served our school this year. These leaders made our community a better place by guiding student clubs and other groups, organizing social and academic events, directing trips, administering town hall meetings, organizing community service and service learning initiatives, implementing our honor code and student governance, working with faculty and staff to improve our learning environment, and pursuing countless other projects. All of these activities were planned and executed by devoted students who volunteered their time, energy, and talents to serve our school. All of us -- students, faculty and staff -- benefited from their selfless dedication, and we are truly grateful for their efforts and the countless hours invested to improve our community.

For those of you are graduating this spring, I encourage you to follow the example set by our student leaders and pursue volunteer and civic leadership opportunities in the future. By doing so, you will not only enrich your communities, but you will also enhance your leadership skills and social networks. For those of you who will return to Wake Forest next year, I encourage you to consider pursuing student leadership roles. I hope that you will find (or create) a role that fits your passions and go for it. By pursuing such a role, you will have opportunities to grow professionally while making our school a better place for you, for your colleagues and for our community. As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” I hope that you will take the time to volunteer next year, either as a student or a graduate of Wake Forest University.

~ Charles Iacovou

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