The semester is over and tomorrow, Stephens will bid ado to 148 graduating seniors.
I only got to know a handful of our graduating seniors in my five months here, but those I have met are absolutely amazing women.
I’ve been so impressed by the level of maturity, professionalism and confidence these young women possess. They are by far so much more advanced, prepared and ready for the real world than when I was graduated from college (14 years ago?!).
The thing I really love about Stephens—and I think we’re unique in this regard—is that the students I’ve met here don’t have this impression that college is and was going to be the best three or four years of their lives. (Notice I said “three or four,” not “five or six!”)
They came here to get real-world experience in their fields of choice. Equestrian students worked and studied in our horse stables. Education students worked and studied in the Stephens College Children’s School. Our fashion students studied and worked in design labs, as did our graphic design students. Our business students worked on branding and advertising campaigns with real clients. Our film students learned by making films. Our biology and psychology students conducted research that many students don’t experience until graduate school. Our English/Creative Writing students wrote and got published. And, of course, our dance and theatre students worked and studied on stage.
Students, I’m discovering, come to Stephens because they are committed to their chosen professions and want to start working right away—and not wait until after college to see how classroom studies apply in the real world.
Our graduates have, no doubt, received intensive training at Stephens, and that’s going to ensure that—while I’m sure they have great memories here—their best days are ahead of them. And, really, that’s what college should do.
I’m really looking forward to hearing more about these women and the successes they’re going to have in the future.
Congrats to the Class of 2013!