Welcome to Missouri S&T! My staff and I are excited to begin this Fall 2013 Semester with you. I believe you have made one of the most critical investments of your lifetime in attending graduate school at Missouri S&T. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return.” Your experience at Missouri S&T will not only lead to gaining new knowledge and wisdom but also help you to unleash your imagination. At Missouri S&T, we are dedicated to provide a top return on investment to students, employers, research partners, and donors through extraordinary access to renowned expertise, services, and experiential learning opportunities.
I want to provide you with three simple tips that will enhance your graduate program experience at Missouri S&T.
Tip #1: Let your imagination flow when creating your plan of study at S&T. Einstein once quipped, “I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world.” Talk to your academic advisor and explain to them your career dreams so that they can help you develop a plan of study to maximize your personal potential. Use the graduate catalog as a reference to understand the academic rules and regulations.
Tip #2: Know what resources exist on S&T campus to help in your professional development. As a new student, try to attend the new graduate student orientation program hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies to get a bird’s eye view of the resources available. Take the time to visit with various units across campus, such as the Career Opportunities and Employer Relations Center, the Library, the Student Affairs Office, and the Student Design Experiential Center. Getting to know what programs are offered can help choose your level of involvement. Be sure to also visit the Office of Graduate Studies to view some of the events that will be hosted during the 2013-14 academic year.
Tip #3: Ask for help, be sure to network, and try to build relationships. Do not be either shy or overly confident when asking for help. Seek mentors who can help you. These mentors could be faculty, staff, peers, or Rolla community members who could guide you in making sound ethical decisions as you pursue your academic, professional, and personal goals.
New students, start your engines and have a safe, productive graduate life journey. Do not hesitate to take short scenic detours to enhance your teamwork and leadership skills that are conveniently located on your way to reach your academic goal.
Wishing you the very best,