It’s a huge honor to be welcoming you to my home, our home, your home. I’m the film and design teacher on campus, and as it’s only my third year here I can still remember a lot of those early jitters that I imagine you all are presently experiencing. Will I fit in? What if there isn’t teriyaki sauce in the dining hall? Did anyone notice me trying to ask directions from the statue in front of Timken? (I promise you, I’m the only one that saw.)
By making the choice to head to Blair, you’ve set yourself up for a grand adventure, one that takes serious courage to embark on– I commend you! You’re going to meet a lot of new people this year. Some will remind you of home and some will have new things to share. It’s crucial to note that you also have so much to give us as a unique part of our nutty family. We can’t wait to meet you!
There’s a lot of diversity here once you scratch the surface. I’d like to challenge you to push aside your labels– introvert, extrovert, athlete, scholar, artist– comfortable as they may be. Take some time to really throw yourself into new groups and new activities. The friendships and cumulative experiences are part of what makes us so great. And that’s where most of the fun lies!
There’s lots to do all the time, but here are just a few of my favorite recommendations. Grab someone new and go fishing with the Trish kids by Blair lake. Watch Friday the 13th and freak out when you see the Old Mill in the background. Try every sandwich at Gourmet Gallery. Walk any faculty dog (they’ll thank you!). Cheer on our athletes and singers. There are endless ways for you to spend an afternoon. The key thing to remember is that you get to decide what you make of this place and who you want to be here. We will support you as you stretch yourself, so make sure you take the time to enjoy it. We hope our assistance will help make that sentiment seem awesome and relieving as opposed to nerve-wracking.
Not every day will be simple: there’s homework to contend with, social avenues to navigate, and occasional homesickness is inevitable, but what was reassuring for me to discover, and what I am sure you will soon find out, is that this community is here for you. We want to help you be your best wherever you may be at a given moment. You’re part of the tapestry now, and we want to get to know you and for you to get to know us.
Go ahead– ask Madame to make brownies for your class or beg Mr. Adams to do his Kermit the Frog impression. Maybe Mr. Anthony will even take you to McDonald’s if you’re nice enough.
I’m so excited for you to discover your Blair path and your Blair home, and to enjoy the year and those that follow here for everything they can be. Take it easy, but be sure to take every advantage too.