As I depart FYE, an open letter to colleagues, students, and friends

After seven years of service to the Office of First Year Experience at Boston College, I have decided to leave FYE to focus on my academic work full-time, and to pursue a tenure-track faculty position upon graduation in 2016.  

I am filled with much gratitude as a reflect back on the past seven years.  Just days before my undergraduate commencement, I was offered a temporary summer job to help with Orientation at Boston College.  Little did I know, I would spend some of the most formative years of my life in FYE.

It is rewarding to give back to a special place like Boston College – an institution that has given me so much.  I have had countless mentors, colleagues, and friends who have believed in me when I could not quite believe in myself.  I have been privileged to work with many gifted students who have challenged me to become a better person.  As I leave FYE, I can confidently say that I have actualized many God-given gifts, talents, and abilities.  I have come to understand myself as an intellectual and a scholar, which has enabled me to take this leap of faith as I encounter future challenges in the academic life.

Luckily this is not a goodbye – I will be just around the corner.  As I move into the dissertation phase, I will be working as a graduate research assistant with Dr. Michael James in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your love, support, and encouragement as I continue on my journey.  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.  You will be in mine.

Blessings,

Danny