Many think of teaching as an undertaking that only goes in a single direction, but if you are invested and doing it right, it is a collaborative process that results in mutual growth and enjoyment.
As we begin to reimagine what "normal" looks like and the fast pace of fall starts to loom on the horizon, I plan to remember these new truths I discovered from being a virtual dean for my entire first year in the seat.
My advice to the graduates of the Class of 2021 is to embrace the enduring truth that failure awaits you. It is inevitable. Those who prepare themselves well and are willing to walk the gauntlet of uncertainty are sure to look back on a career filled with in-the-moment missteps, recognizing them as the foundation for the professional success that lies ahead of them.
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