Dean Akande Offers Freshmen Advice for Success

Benjamin Akande, dean of the Walker School of Business and Technology, welcomed freshmen to Webster University and shared his advice for a successful college experience. Read the dean's message to students.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to Webster! We are excited you are here and look forward to getting to know you and enabling your life journey. Please remember these six things throughout your journey.

  1. Pick your friends, don't let them pick you! Make sure you cast your networking net wide and include new people you go out of your way to meet.
  2. Set stretch goals but differentiate between real goals and regular day-to-day expectations. Things such as, "I will get up in time to go to classes" or "I will not skip classes intentionally" are not goals but necessary actions.
  3. It's okay to be scared because being scared is a prerequisite to courage. You cannot gain courage unless you were once scared. So be scared but know that something important comes after fear; it is the courage to overcome those seemingly important challenges.
  4. Have fun; enjoy yourself; dream with your eyes wide open - this is an important part of your college experience.
  5. You were all born original, but so many of you spend your lives being copies. Stay original!
  6. Final advice: whatever you do, please call your parents every now and then or text them.

I wish you productive, fun-filled and accomplished four, five or six years. And please don't allow failure to get in your way to succeed!