Welcome to Kansas State University, or welcome back if you are a returning student. We’re glad to have you here at the nation’s first operational land-grant university.
As your interim president, I see many new and exciting changes to this university — especially since I was a student. But many things also remain the same, including the ever-present friendliness of K-Staters and our family atmosphere.
I could pack this letter full of advice, but I can’t possibly tell you everything it takes to be successful at K-State. Each of you is different, and your paths will be different. What I can tell you is that if you commit to your whole education — if you put real effort into learning the material in your classes, your strengths and weaknesses and how to work with people who are different from you — you will leave this university as prepared as you possibly can be for the next stages in your life.
Please know the university provides many levels of support if you seek it out. Faculty and staff are here to help you with your coursework and the many other aspects of your K-State experience. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Those other aspects include getting involved on campus. I encourage you to explore the many opportunities to participate and make a difference in meaningful ways. Also, have fun and enjoy these unforgettable years. Fun and a sense of humor are essential. Things can get tense, and laughter often breaks the tension of hard work and prevents burn out.
Equally as important is developing your integrity. While enjoying yourself and making the most of your time here, remember that as a student of Kansas State University you are a part of something much bigger than yourself. Please look out for one another and don’t hesitate to help your fellow students.
I’m enjoying my time as your interim president, and I look forward to a great fall semester. We truly are proud to have you as members of the Wildcat family.
Gen. Richard Myers