By Rodney Mondor, Dean of Students
Welcome to the University of Southern Maine! Whether you are a new or continuing student, you are an essential part of our campus community.
As Dean of Students, it is my honor to serve all students in our community and focus my energy on creating a healthy, safe, and inclusive campus where you can maximize your potential while pursuing your educational goals and dreams. I would be remiss if I did not take this moment to share my thoughts on how to be successful as a student. So, here are a few talking points: Dean Mondor’s Tips to Success.
Don’t be afraid to ask a question. Whether you are in class or around campus, never think you have a stupid question. We are a place of learning, and you learn by asking questions. So raise your hand and ask your question.
Ask for Help
No one got to where they are today in life without someone helping them. Remember, we are here because of you, but if you don’t ask, we can’t help. USM is a community. A community that supports each other. So don’t wait till the last minute, step up and ask for help.
Trust me when I say, a key to student success is involvement. Having something that connects you to USM, will make all the difference. Whether you join a student organization, run for student senate, participate in an academic club or attend one of our many campus activities or sporting events, that experience will make all the difference.
Try Something New
College is all about the power of learning. As a student, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone once in a while. Maybe it is going to a speaker on a topic you know little about or joining an intramural team. We can’t grow without challenging our current state, so get out there and try something new!
Take Care of You
There is only one of you, and you are important to us. You are part of our community, and we care about your health and well-being. Make sure that you don’t put yourself into unsafe situations. Make a plan and tell a friend. Also, make sure you stay healthy by eating right and getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep is top on the list of reasons why students do not succeed as well as they should in school. Remember that there are 15 weekends in a semester, but only one mid-term for your class. Use your time wisely.
Finally, remember that we are all part of the USM Community – a university of everyone. So, be respectful and try to embrace the differences of others. The college experience is about preparing you to be a global citizen. Living and learning in a community “of everyone” can provide you the opportunity to not only learn about yourself but realize that differences are part of what makes a community stronger. Plus, you may have more in common with others than you think.
I wish you all the best this coming year and look forward to seeing you on campus. If you see me, please do not hesitate to come up to me and say hello and introduce yourself. My goal is to help you find your future through the joy and power of learning at USM.