University of Vermont

Center for Cultural Pluralism

It’s a bright and beautiful time of the year right now. With the leaves turning varied hues of gold, orange, and red. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons even though it heralds the end of the summer, the season that I most prefer. I enjoy the beauty of the transition and progression from hot long days to crisp cooler ones. There are moments when I get all caught up in the loveliness of this fall and forget what lies ahead and what has just passed. I cherish the ability to be present and seek to cultivate this skill as best I can. Sometimes I succeed and other times I lose my way and fail to accept and appreciate what’s going on right now.

Mid semester on campus presents me with this very challenge. The excitement of the beginning is past and it might look like it’s a long way until we reach the end. The middle place can be overwhelming, confusing, and chaotic. Right now, I wonder if I’ll ever realize the goals I set out to achieve at the start of the academic year. Taking a moment to breathe, sigh and look out my window gives me pause. It’s a golden opportunity of a day. I’m thankful for what’s been accomplished up to this point and I believe that my waking hours will be meaningful , connective and maybe even joyful. What about you?

What would help you to enjoy this mid-semester moment? Please remember that your ASC staff is here to help you gain perspective or deal with any knotty issues that you might be facing. You don’t have to be in this present moment all alone– we are always here with you seeking to make the most of this moment!

In the spirit of good community,
Beverly Colston, Director