One of the unusual things about having spent most of my career in academia is that I think in terms of semesters, and not calendar years.
Tomorrow is the first day of classes at my school, Villanova University, and I think of it as the beginning of a new year.
This will be the start of my 37th year at Villanova as an Accounting teacher. (Sorry if I caused some of you to doze off right there…)
When I first came to Villanova, we were graduating about 250 accounting majors per year. Now it is closer to 100 per year. If you were to draw a chart showing the number of accounting majors on one axis, and years on the other axis starting with 1986, it would appear there is a direct (negative) correlation between my arrival at Villanova and where we are today in terms of the number of accounting majors.
But I keep telling myself that correlation does not mean causation…
I typically teach freshmen both semesters, so tomorrow will be the first day of college for almost all of my students (there are some transfer students in my classes). I will do my best to get them off to a good start.
I have such fond memories of my four years at college, and I hope that my students have the same experience. It’s a wonderful time to start creating a lifetime of memories, friendships, and personal growth.
So to my students:
Ignite Change. Go Nova.
*image from Villanova