One of the hidden aspects of grounds keeping for a educational facility is our ability to touch the lives of students in a very indirect way. Giving the students a safe and serene campus is one way that is very obvious. Yet I have recently been thinking how much we have been doing, and how can we do more?
And possibly the most important thing we can offer a smile, a helping hand with books or directions to a building. Students are stressed, in a new place or approaching final exams, working hard and diligently to make themselves better.
When my grandmother taught me to grow things, I didn't realize the profound effect it would have on me until now. Teaching me to garden, to be patient, to work hard and see mistakes not as failures, but opportunities to learn from, to grow, to be better, she literally saved my life. When I see students hitting the books, working so hard to make it to this point reminds me of her, and reminds me of how amazing this place really is.
So free high fives to all the students, faculty, and staff as finals will surely have everyone a little stressed! See you outside!