by Joel Messinger, Composite Science & Manufacturing Major
Progression Through Expression: Up To The Challenge In Brunswick
The fall semester saw an increase in student involvement. Student involvement creates the opportunity for new relationships to be forged and existing relationships to be strengthened. Increased student involvement has opened up the door for new groups to be formed and positions to be filled, enhancing the already existing student support system and college experience. The new L.L. Bean Learning Commons, along with the state of the art nursing lab and classrooms, are a hub for students to connect with classmates and receive valuable guidance.
The current order of students at the Midcoast campus resonates with a sense of focus and dedication to their success and parallels the success of their peers. An impressive, reinforcing amount of support is exercised by students who take it upon themselves to form study groups, assist struggling peers, and provide peer-to-peer advising. This level of student involvement promotes student success and works hand-in-hand with faculty’s efforts to provide students with endless opportunities.
This cohesion of leadership and team work enriches the learning environment and reflects key faculty members and the staff’s mission and efforts. These provide students the opportunity to develop a relevant, valuable skill set and be empowered by a sense of leadership and dedication.
There are many challenges faced by students and faculty, just like there are many challenges faced by businesses and industries across the United States. These challenges can be overcome if they are met with cooperation, ingenuity and persistent dedication to achieve resolution. It has always been an American interest to push past the boundaries we know and test our courage as individuals and a nation. This allows us to reach beyond our grasp and strengthen an advancing society which creates a better world for ourselves and those who build upon our work.
On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy gave an encouraging speech, addressing the nation from Rice University Stadium in Houston, Texas. “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…
“But if I were to say, my fellow citizens, that we shall send to the moon, 240,000 miles away from the control station in Houston, a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall, the length of this football field, made of new metal alloys, some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival, on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over 25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of the sun–almost as hot as it is here today–and do all this, and do it right, and do it first before this decade is out–then we must be bold.”
History reveals many things. Among the most valuable are the moments when people pushed forward and accomplished things once thought to be unachievable. This semester do not hesitate to ask questions and use all the resources available on the SMCC campus to map your journey and equip yourself with all the tools necessary to be successful in and out of the classroom. Accept the challenge of bettering yourself and realize your potential.