End of Week Reflection from Dean Slaughter


March 5, 2021

Dear Students,

Here we are, at the end of the winter term.  As is almost always the case, the winter term has run by even faster than the fall term.  Before everyone focuses on some deserved rest and good cheer over spring break, I write to congratulate you, to thank you, and to share one request for your spring break.

First, warm congratulations on all your accomplishments this winter term.  As you transition to break, take a moment to reflect on the progress you have made.  What did you learn from your courses?  What ideas did you apply and bring to life in your co-curricular activities?  What steps did you take on your career journey?  In listening to the inspiring stories at TuckTalks on Tuesday, I was reminded how no two students ever move through Tuck in the same way.  So, whatever your accomplishments this term, bravo!

Second, I want to thank you for all the ways this winter term that you supported the health and well-being of our entire community—and that you also co-invested in the MBA experience of your classmates.  We had to be flexible; we had to be empathetic; we benefited from a dash of humor and a dollop of grace.  All of us see the hope of vaccinations becoming reality.  As that reality unfolds, I so much appreciate all the ways we continue caring for our community.

Finally, I have a request for each of you.  Over spring break, please take good care of yourself—your health, your spirit, and your overall wellbeing.  For generations, the Tuck MBA experience has been one that stretches students.  Sally Jaeger has wisely counseled many Tuck classes at the start of first year to hold onto at least one thing amidst all the challenges and opportunities of our School—“putting your kids to bed at night, running, or even just sleeping.”  Your need for self-care is even greater as we navigate all the ways that the pandemic has stretched you—yes at Tuck, but also among friends and family as well.  So, take the time you need to take good care of yourself!

All of us faculty and staff look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.


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