A message from Stacey Johnson, President, East & Winter Park Campuses
Pursuing your passion and being a global citizen were among the topics presented in a Winter Park Campus honors classroom. On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, John Crossman, member of Valencia College’s District Board of Trustees and President of Crossman & Company, visited an Honors Jeffersonian Seminar class on the Winter Park Campus and left students with information on how they could achieve their educational and career goals.
According to Suzette Dohany, professor of speech, Winter Park Campus, “the discussion was lively, connected, impactful and fun!”
Student Deborah Green noted, “The pursue-your-passions part of his talk was really helpful to me. Mr. Crossman was right. Most people tell you to pursue your passions, but they don’t give you much else after that. For a very long time I was a little disturbed, because I didn’t really even know what I was passionate about.”
Crossman stressed to students that it’s important to be passionate about being a student. “Having and pursuing your passion means doing what you love and doing whatever it takes to get there,” he said.
Further, several students shared that they were challenged to be more reflective and were engaged in conversations regarding the role of charity. For example, Crossman discussed the difference between having relationships and being a charity. He explained that our relationships should be about giving and taking, unlike a charity, which is often just taking. Some students shared that they never thought of it this way, but it made sense to them that they were learning to be a global citizen.
And finally, Student Jennifer Holden eloquently summed up his visit by simply saying that, “We all would do a little better to follow his wonderful advice.”