Greeting Wildcats !
Starting college can be the most exhilarating time in an individual’s life but it can also be the most terrifying. Whether you are moving to a new country, city or state, or simply attending the local university, your life is about to change drastically. As the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, there are several things that we want you to know.
Know that we are here for you. We simply love our students. When you begin at our University, you are walking into a nurturing environment with people who care and are willing to aid in the transition. We understand the intricacies of this transition and are prepared to assist you in any way possible. You will always have someone to talk to who is willing to both listen, to encourage, and to give you answers and advice if that is what you are seeking.
Know that you will make mistakes. Contrary to popular belief, mistakes are not earth shattering. Being away from home for the first time leads to many firsts; first time being in complete control of your comings and goings, first time not having to consult your parents or guardians about your decisions and ultimately the first time when your decisions are just yours. We are here to help you navigate those decisions when needed but ultimately to remind you that your mistakes do not negate your potential success.
Know that you will get the best education possible. At Bethune-Cookman University the academic enterprise is number one and, we create scholars. As stated in our President’s vision for the future, “we seek to define a new standard for academic excellence…to educate and empower people to seek their own solutions.” It is our aim to foster within each student a thirst for knowledge that leads to a desire for life-long learning.
Our motto at B-CU is “Enter to Learn…Depart to Serve”. You are now a part of a community that is committed to academic excellence, civic engagement, and you are on your way to becoming a world changer. I am honored to share this journey with you.
Alexis Brooks-Walter, Ph.D.
Dean of Undergraduate Studies