Dear Marietta College Students,
It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the Fall Semester and the 2022 calendar year is quickly drawing to a close. I hope you achieved each of those New Year’s resolutions you made for this past year (it is also not too early to begin thinking about your 2023 resolutions)!
I know these last few weeks can be an extremely stressful time in your life. Final exams are challenging — and they are meant to be. But reassure yourself that everything up until this point has prepared you, and you will succeed.
Let me be one of the first to wish you good luck with your final exams. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat well, and study hard. I also want to remind you that Marietta College has several support systems in place that are here for you. This includes the Academic Resource Center’s tutoring services (open until Thursday, December 8th), Legacy Library, and medical and counseling services at the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health & Wellness.
And, as I said, it is also important to find some time to relax, so make time to get some exercise at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and to get a healthy meal at one of our dining locations. Or just find a study space that works for you and give us your best effort. I want you to know that Marietta College is here for you, and we are especially proud of how hard you work during these final weeks.
Judy and I look forward to seeing you before finals, either during Sunday’s Finals Breakfast from 9:00-11:00 p.m., December 11th or before that in Legacy Library from 6:00-7:30 p.m., when we hand out warm cookies and cold milk to students who are studying — you are very important to both of us.
If you are completing your degree requirements this semester, Congratulations, and I hope to see you at the December Graduation Celebration on Sunday, December 11th. Best of luck with your future plans. While you are leaving Marietta College with a top-notch education and lifelong memories, please remember to keep in touch. Come back for Homecoming. Let us know about future milestones you accomplish. You are part of The Long Blue Line, and that connection is for life.
For those of you returning to Marietta College, we look forward to seeing each of you back on campus for the spring semester, which begins Thursday, January 12th. With all of the hard work you are putting into to finishing the semester, I want you to enjoy your well-deserved Winter Break. Enjoy this time with your family, get some rest, and recharge your batteries.
Bring Forth a Pioneer!
Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management