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The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.”
Our campus has certainly experienced much change this past year, most notably in welcoming a new
Change is an inevitable part of life as we move from season to season—and though
necessary, change often has a negative connotation. People often claim to fear
change, sometimes because of the unknown. But change can, in some cases, be
exactly what we need—a change of pace, a challenging of the ordinary, a way to
safeguard against monotony.
Fall brings with it significant change, especially in the academic world. Back
to school is a time of transition for many families and students—there are new
environments, new dynamics and new goals. Students flood the halls in search of a
dream career, and after graduation, alumni seek the courage to pursue their dreams
when faced with the realities of life.
I’m a first generation college graduate who can relate to the idea of a dream. And
now I’m living that dream out writing for you lovely readers. But if we’re really
honest—we all have dreams. Maybe it involves your family or your career. Maybe it’s about bettering
yourself or your community. Whatever your dream, don’t let the unknown, the “what if,” or the fear of
failure leave you with regret.
In this issue you’ll read about alumni who never accepted the status quo. Like the CrossFit gym
entrepreneur who quit his stable 9-5 in favor of fulfilling his dream of bringing fitness to others. And on
page 24, you’ll meet a public relations professional who now works alongside NASA, his dream since
Dreams are achievable, and most of the time, they require a change in the way we are doing things right
now. But that doesn’t have to be so intimidating.
As our campus is once again filled with the vibrancy and life that a new school year brings, I hope each
new, current and former student is inspired to reach new heights—to stretch their comfort zone and move
past the “someday” mentality.
I look forward to the time we will spend together, and hope you enjoy learning about the people who
make IU Southeast such a great place to live, work and play.