Vice President's Welcome
Whether you are a returning, ﬁrst-year or transfer student,
I’m sure that you are looking forward to the opportunities, challenges and
experiences that the coming year will bring. The primary reason for you to be
at Dickinson College is to immerse yourself in the exceptional academic
programs offered here. You will be guided by outstanding faculty who will
challenge and support you as you expand your capacity for complex thinking and
understanding. Ultimately, Dickinson offers a useful education that will
prepare you for citizenship and leadership in the wider world.
You will also realize a useful education through meaningful
engagement in life outside the classroom. Involvement in clubs, organizations,
and other student initiatives has much to teach about group work, democratic
principles, organizational dynamics, leadership, interpersonal skills,
communication skills, conﬂict mediation, and so much more. These skills and
abilities create a strong foundation for engaged citizenship. Additionally,
many out-of-class experiences allow you to make direct connections between what
is learned in the classroom and how it applies outside the classroom.
As you explore the student handbook, you will ﬁnd
information about getting involved and taking full advantage of the opportunities
for learning at Dickinson. It’s true that getting involved is a meaningful way
to enhance your learning experience. But, it’s also true that over-involvement
can detract from your learning experience. Many students that I talk with
believe that “more is better” when it comes to activities outside the
classroom, and that employers and graduate schools will be impressed by a long
list of activities. That’s typically not the case. Demonstrating commitment and
action in a few areas in which you have strong interest is a much more
impressive and compelling credential for the world beyond Dickinson. And so, in
the coming year, ﬁnd the things you care about, make a substantive commitment
to them, and learn from them.
The student handbook contains information about policies that
help our community work effectively. It's your responsibility
to be familiar with the contents of this handbook, and I thank you
in advance for taking the time to review the contents.
Welcome to another academic year. I hope that I will have
the opportunity to meet and interact with many of you over the coming months.
April Vari ’82
Vice President for Student Development