Alumni Monthly Newsletter

April 2017

“Difficult doesn’t mean impossible. It simply means that you have to work hard. “


By this point you are quickly approaching the end of your first or second year. Everyone is asking you the question, “so what are you going to major in?” For second years, the pressure is a little higher, because you have to declare a major before you reach a certain amount of credits. You could find yourself along a spectrum of decision-making: you could be like me and have switched four times at this point, or you could already know your passion and have already declared your major. Whatever situation you find yourself in, know that this is NORMAL.

At this point in your life you are not supposed to have all the answers, and that’s the wonderful opportunity that college lends to you. This is a time to explore, to meet new people, to gain valuable experiences that can translate into real world experience.  During this time, it’s not necessarily about “the major.”

In some cases, you need to just pick one! I know it may seem like you are choosing what you are going to do for the rest of your life, but I’m here to tell you: you aren’t. College is about the experience; it’s about getting that degree and building the experience that is going to support you in the future. “The experience” is what it’s all about.

For some, it’s very simple. You know what you want to do and you are taking all the right steps to achieve it. For the majority, it is difficult. There are bumps and bruises, and potholes, and whatever else that could wind up in your way. You may have come to cross roads now and realized that becoming a chemist isn’t what you were destined to do. You are realizing that maybe chemistry isn’t the most interesting subject, and you haven’t been doing that well in it. It shouldn’t make you question yourself as a person overall, but it should give you pause to reflect on how a college degree is the most beneficial thing you need and what path you now need to take to get you there. 

College isn’t easy. If it were everyone would have a college degree, but always know you have the strength and the mental capability to make it through. Everyone has it in them to be successful, and I truly believe this. Once you make up your mind to achieve something, you can be indestructible. If you’re concerned about YOUR FUTURE, job security, your life at this moment, or have any extra questions, concerns, or want to create a plan for the future, please reach out.

You are always part of the JRLA family,

Ms. Grow

*** NOTE: And when I say college in this sense, I am saying anyone who is persisting to achieve a post-secondary degree.

Alumni Spotlight- April 2017:

This month we are highlighting a 2016 alumni who has been on top of things his first year, Toiale Johnson. Toiale is soon to finish his first year at Albion College. He did very well academically his first semester and is on track to do well again second semester. In the fall, he headed to campus a few weeks before everyone else, because he was a part of the marching band. Toiale plans on continuing his involvement musically throughout his time at Albion. Keep it up, Toiale!