The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
The path here has been one with many twists, turns. There have been many stumbling blocks, roadblocks. There have been many wrong turns, disappointments. But I have never stopped walking. I have never given up.
I believe in tenacity, dogged determination. I believe that for every mistake, there is something to learn. I believe that with every disappointment comes an opportunity–if you just hang on long enough to see it.
I believe in losing things, especially assumptions. When I meet you, I do not want to assume that I know you, because of what you look like, sound like, or what title you may bear. I believe in learning things, because you have walked your own path and I am sure you have your own story to tell.
I believe in curiosity and discovery, change and agency, impossible hopes and even bigger dreams. And I believe that these are things for everyone.
It is these beliefs, and hopes, and dreams that have been the light posts guiding me along these winding roads, through my journey in higher education and through life.
It is these beliefs, and hopes, and dreams that coalesce to form my philosophy, in my education, in my career and in my life. A philosophy that at its heart says, I want to be a good person, to do the right thing, to take risks, to dare to question the status quo. A philosophy that demands that not only do I my job, but also that I do better than what was expected, and I leave things better off than when I received them. A philosophy that says that I want to be immersed in this world; a world where knowledge is transformative, a world where I can be the lamp post guiding others along their path. That is my promise to keep. And I have miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.