"Be kinder than necessary because everyone is fighting some sort of battle."
Meet Our Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Student Academic Life Coaches
Meet Coach Deborah Binkley-Jackson
"'I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept."
-Angela Y. Davis
"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
- Mother Teresa
"I don't know what's out there beyond those hills. But if you ride yonder, head up, eyes steady, heart open, I think one day you'll find you're the hero you've been lookin' for."
“Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision.”
-Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera
Meet Coach Cristela Carrizales
"Sometimes you may never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory."
"When you ask the best questions of yourself and others, you invite the best answers."
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope..."
-Robert F. Kennedy
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
"Meaning is about making a difference, not having an audience. It's better to be valued by a few than to be known by many. Your contribution is not the scope of your reach. It's the depth of your impact. Your legacy is not how many footprints you leave. It's how long they last." -- Adam Grant
“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game. ‘”
Meet Coach Calon-Nicole Gunter-Cox
“True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
- Brené Brown
“If the future's looking dark, We're the ones who have to shine.
If there's no one in control, We're the ones who draw the line.
Though we live in trying times, We're the ones who have to try.
And we know that time has wings, So we're the ones who have to fly.”
“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
Meet Coach Garrett Hollingsworth
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
"Life is more than just reaching our goals. As individuals and as a group we need to reach our potential. Nothing else is good enough. We must always be reaching toward our potential."
- Max DePree,
Leadership is an Art
"You can be messy, complicated and afraid: show up anyway. "
- Gelnnon Doyle
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
"You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself."
-Glinda the Good Witch
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
-Saint Teresa of Calcutta
"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are. Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect."
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
Meet Coach Crystal Perkins-Carter
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Meet Coach Kathleen Shea Smith
"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same."
“Live the Life of Your Dreams. When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.”
-Roy T. Bennett,
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the number of breaths that take our breath away."
- Maya Angelou
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."
"You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold. You gotta be wiser. You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger. You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm. You gotta stay together. All I know, all I know, love will save the day."
Meet Coach Deveda Mason
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." -Maya Angelou
Meet Coach Yura Jung
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
- Søren Kierkegaard
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson