With the sun finally making regular appearances in the Burlington sky and the thermometer climbing into the 70’s, it is becoming increasingly clear that the school year is coming to an end. No matter where you are on your journey at UVM, the summer provides a great opportunity take on new challenges and adventures. For many of you like myself, this summer represents the first summer as a UVM Alumni rather than a student, opening the door for a wide array of opportunities and experiences to look forward to.
In just two short weeks, students from across our campus will be taking on new and exciting internship opportunities throughout the country, preforming research, traveling abroad, volunteering, or participating in one of UVM’s many summer courses. Yet, in three weeks our seniors will be walking across the graduation stage in preparation to take on full time jobs, accepting fellowships and internships, attending graduate school, participating in travel opportunities, and so much more.
For some, this path has already been paved, while for others many unknowns still lie ahead. Regardless of where the road may take us, UVM has prepared us to take on these new challenges. Whether you’ve been on this campus for two years or five years, UVM has provided us all with the education, lifelong friends, and professional networks that will enable us to thrive outside the safe walls of our beloved university. While the end may seem so close, there are still so many chances to appreciate everything Burlington, and UVM has to offer. So, enjoy it, and don’t forget you are always welcome back in Catamount Country!
Sarah Shaffer, ‘17
Natural Resource Planning Major
Community and International Development Minor
Environmental Studies Minor