Dean Coleman welcomes new
students to Lesley University.
You bring to Lesley
University youthful exuberance, evidence of excellence, multiple talents and
vast potential. We share your high hopes for finishing an undergraduate
education at Lesley University in three or four years. You also bring to
Lesley University the love and warm good wishes of family and friends.
Today you will become a contributing member of the Lesley University
community---a community informed by its commitment to learning by doing—a
community of leadership, of faculty, advisors and counselors. All faculty are
ready and able to teach, to engage you in research, and close reading of
texts, visual literacy, and experiential learning in science, humanities, and
all the rest.
Embrace the privilege of earning a Lesley University
I know from talking with and listening to sophomores,
juniors and seniors here at Lesley, that as members of this generation, you
are not inclined to wait until the storms pass---you are not easily
overwhelmed, you approach life each day with confidence and humility.
I have a confession to make. Lesley University believes in you.
encourage you to embrace responsibility. You’ll find that with
responsibility comes the autonomy and freedom that college life affords.
Going to college for the first time is a bit like going to a foreign
country. There is a bit of healthy anxiety and a ton of excitement. Enjoy
the journey of discovery and rediscovery. Make the Brattle library one of
your favorite places. A good book, lecture or discussion can transport you
anywhere. Sharpen your imagination while you are here. Be a thoughtful
observer and examine your biases. Examine what courage, risk and uncertainty
mean to you in light of your own experiences and against the future that you
would prefer. Practice articulating the outlines of the preferred future and
invite others to do likewise.
Early in the process of becoming a
member of the college community visit faculty members in their offices; get
to know them and allow them to know you. Read the syllabus. Attend all your
classes. Improve your writing. Practice drafting and redrafting. Contribute
meaningfully to discussions. Read all you can, be skeptical of orthodoxy; do
all you can to resist negativity. Throughout your three or four years at
Lesley University, do engage thoughtfully in the issues of your time: the
tension between privacy and national security; how to combat the growing
inequality that diminishes our nation and many vulnerable families’ life
chances; how to insure both high college quality and affordability, and
explore with others the criteria for gaining and sustaining the privileges
and immunities of citizenship.
Your generation has lived in a time of
American engagement in a number of wars. Please think about those wars and
engage faculty in discussions about when, if ever, wars are just.
Finally, take a deep breath. Explore learning in Cambridge/Boston. Make
friends for life.
Remember to answer the phone when your parents call
Welcome to the Lesley University Community.
Mary ColemanDean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education
Professor, Dean of Faculty
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Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Psychology and Applied Therapies
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