In addition to the honoring the sacrifices of our soldiers, Remembrance Day has also encouraged me to remember what things I really value. It reminded me of how important it is to take a pause to look back on what we’ve accomplished, the price we had to pay, and where we want to go moving forwards. I find that reflecting and goal-setting is something that I forget to do often enough with all of the responsibilities that come from being a student. It probably sounds silly, but I spent a few hours today writing down some of the things that are important to me, and what I want to do in the future.

The ISSS undertook a similar exercise earlier this semester. We sat down and really reflected over what went well, and then talked about where we want to be at the end of the year. We’re really proud to present to you our 2010-2011 Visionary Document. We’ve written down our goals so that we don’t forget what we’re doing, and why. I hope you’ll read through it, and send any comments you have to me at [email protected]

But I also hope that, when you feel overworked or unsure about why you’re putting in so much work into your academic life, to take time to reflect on your successes. I don’t think we really get to do that often enough. And after that, I hope you’ll take some time to vision yourself five, ten years in the future. What kind of person do you want to be when you leave the University of Alberta? What about 5 years after that?