Greetings from the Graduate College.
Last week, I had the honor of facilitating a conversation with Tom Daley, knitter extraordinaire, social justice advocate, and gold-medal Olympic diver. The full house was captivated by his stories.
It was one of his first stories that I continue to think about, a story about fear. Tom shared that he needs a small amount of fear to be a successful diver. It is fear that allows him to climb the steps to a 10-meter platform time and time again. I think about what a small quantity of healthy fear1 has propelled me to do – apply to a graduate program, propose and defend my dissertation, submit my manuscripts for publication, and apply for a job at a new institution. What so impressed me about Tom Daley is how he accepted fear as part of his success. It is a lesson that I continue to learn.
I know our graduate students are constantly doing hard things. As we near the end of the semester, I hope you recognize that a small amount of fear is often necessary to take the next step in your professional endeavors. As we near the end of the semester, I am confident that our graduate students can use Tom Daley’s wisdom and accept that a tiny bit of fear will lead to the successful completion of the fall 2022 semester.
As always, the Graduate College and your program faculty are here to help you.
1If your fear feels insurmountable, seek out support from the BGSU Counseling Center at 419.372,2081 or contact the Crisis Text Line -Text HOME to 741741 for a crisis counselor or text STEVE to 741741 for a culturally competent crisis counselor. You can also text or dial 988 to be connected to a crisis counselor 24/7.