First Day of Class!

Dear Students,

In the masterpiece “The Once and Future King,” T.H. White wrote, “Education is experience.” As classes begin at Emory, this quote captures the excitement of the new academic year.  

Education is about learning, and learning is an action. It means engaging in your classes, working hard to hone your understanding, and challenging yourselves. Each of you are talented and your gifts are specific to you. Some of your abilities have been developed over many years, others you have yet to discover.  

Regardless of how far along you are in your journeys at Emory, I encourage you to open your hearts and minds to new possibilities. You are not only defined by your major or school. Take advantage of the unparalleled expertise throughout Emory and connect with students, faculty, and staff across departments.

Your life and career after graduation will be defined by the unanticipated—that is the nature of our dynamic world. And the peerless liberal arts, graduate, and professional programs at Emory will prepare you to adapt and make a difference all your own. So, find excitement and inspiration in exploration. Take new classes. Collaborate on projects with new people. Find ways to get involved and serve communities in Atlanta and Oxford. And, simply, have the time of your life.

I’m thrilled that you’re back on campus—it was too quiet here without you! I hope you have a wonderful semester, and I can’t wait to see all you accomplish.


Gregory L. Fenves

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