Dear Aspen students, alumni, faculty, and friends,
As you enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones, please take a moment to reflect on how your determination to earn your degree will not only help improve your life, but also the lives of those around you.
Reflect on how your hard work can inspire them to pursue a dream that was previously thought to be unreachable. It is through perseverance that you define yourself as a person who is strengthened by challenges, not weakened. Every late night that you spent working on an assignment, every time you’ve accepted an instructor’s grade as a learning opportunity, every moment when you decided of not giving up on your goals. You are defining yourself as a symbol of perseverance that those around you can emulate.
As the dawn breaks onto a new year and decade, I implore you to continue molding and strengthening your determination so that you may overcome any obstacle that stands between you and your dreams. Whether you’ve already completed your degree program or still on the path, we are proud of all of your hard work and wish you the best as you continue setting goals to achieve. Remember that you have the power to define yourself and, therefore, define the world around you. May the new year be one made up of great triumphs because that is how you’ve chosen to make it.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
– Melody Beattie
Director of Student Services