This would make a great book jacket photo. Ignore the obviously incorrect date my camera insisted on attaching to the photo; this is from January '08, possibly February.
Today I give the first of a series of presentations to groups of incoming first-year students. My topic? Academic Expectations, and more specifically how college is different from high school. We are encouraged to be realistic yet encouraging. What my talk boils down to:
You will have to work harder and be more responsible than ever before.
And you will survive it.
Is that encouraging enough?