Apr 10, 2009
Spring Means New Beginnings
Posted in: Afford
The arrival of spring means new beginnings, but also the end of an era. The holy days many of us observe this week, Easter and Passover, share a theme of transition – leaving something behind as you start on a new road.
New beginnings can be exciting – witness the return of spring to the Boston / Cambridge area in the last few days – but I, for one, also miss and take a moment to mourn the passing of the old ways. I enjoy winter -- its quiet tranquility, its inner reflection -– and I mourn its passing as I welcome the earth’s new birth.
With the themes of new beginning in mind, I write today to share some news of a new beginning of my own. On May 29th, I will be leaving MIT, a place where I have served for nearly the last seven years as Director of Financial Aid, and a place that I consider to be home. I will be starting my own new journey as Dean of Financial Aid / Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science effective June 1st.
In the past seven years I have built a network of colleagues and friends at the Institute, and I have grown to know a truly marvelous community, full of hope and bright promise for the future and constantly refreshed and reinvigorated by the spirit and energy of new birth brought by our entering students.
I have also had the opportunity to work with a wonderfully talented group of staff in Student Financial Services whose sole mission is to make the dream of an MIT education a reality for students who otherwise could not afford to avail themselves of the opportunities waiting for them.
The good work and energy of MIT and the staff of Financial Aid and Student Financial Services will continue strongly into the future under the capable leadership in place. I will miss the chance the see this journey forward. But I welcome the new challenges awaiting me and look forward to expanding my own network of colleagues and friends in the Big Apple.
We will have time at Campus Preview Weekend to visit with each other, and for you to meet some of the great staff members who truly personify MIT’s commitment to open access. While I may have been the public face of financial aid for these past several years, there is a robust and talented group of staff who are really responsible for administering our financial aid programs.
New beginnings await each of us as spring blossoms – no matter whether that new beginning comes about due to a transition to college, a change of seasons, or a change in employment. May we always be open to new possibilities and new realities while we celebrate and value the place that has nurtured and supported our growth.