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It's really a marathon, not a sprint.

The pandemic changed the plans you set at the beginning of the year, both personally and professionally; here you are going into the last week of the spring semester. It’s ok to look back and be proud of all you have been able to accomplish despite the current circumstances. You have had to do so much in such a short amount of time, so please let me thank you on behalf of your students, staff, and faculty.

So now what? It’s not over but you do need to find time to rejuvenate. We have all been racing at a sprinter’s pace because, at first, we approached this crisis as a sprint. What we now know is our approach was wrong…this is a marathon.

It’s time to change the approach and pace because we are in this for the long haul and it’s now time to take a break so you can be ready.

This week:

  • Take a big sigh of relief – you made it.

  • Begin to change the pace – put your vacation days into the calendar.

What’s next:

If you are like me, your e-mail is being flooded with an overwhelming number of resources, webinars, panel discussions, etc.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been looking for a way to support my colleagues during these times and it prompted me to reflect on my “why.”

My why is simple: I want to contribute to a profession that has given me so much.



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