Remarks to the new class of Wake Forest Fellows

Laura J. Chin
April 28th, 2014

To the 2014 – 2015 Wake Forest Fellows: Congratulations. I hope you approach your next year at Wake Forest with the tremendous passion and excitement you have already embodied as students.

Your experience will be unique to you, to your peers, and even to your office’s former Fellows. So I will do my best to offer some advice that can transcend the details that distinguish your experiences apart.

First, I hope you continue to be lifelong learners – growing from your managers, your assigned mentors (not to mention the mentors you gain along the way), your colleagues, and your fellow Fellows. Listen, observe, and ask questions. Nurture the existing relationships you have already established but invest in the conversations you wish you had. There is an abundance of talented individuals here at Wake Forest who you can learn from in skill and in heart.

Second, as you look ahead, a wealth of opportunities will be available to challenge and stretch you in so many directions. Recognize the need to seek opportunities that are not given to you. Find ways to harness your strengths, improve your weaknesses, and explore the unfamiliar. You will find joy in your successes but discover more about yourself through hardship and failure.

Last, saved for its simplicity but imperative and utmost necessity, say thank you. For the opportunities, for the people, for the time they take to invest in you, and for the opportunity you have to invest in others and the community of Wake Forest. Have gratitude, and share it often.

And so, a heart-filled welcome as you begin a new chapter of Pro Humanitate. I hope your year is of learning, mentorship, introspection, fellowship and delight. Congratulations.