“I just like to be able to quell anxieties,” said Jan Sienkiewicz, Director of Admissions and Senior Staff Officer at VTS at a recent meeting of the entire staff for the office of academic administration and student life.
We gathered for our semi-annual conversation to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. We discussed new ideas for student orientation, expansion of online services and staff training, with the goal of constantly improving services to students for the next year.
During the meeting, I reflected back on how I spent the summer before starting seminary. In a panic that I was woefully unprepared, I went to the library and checked out everything I could find written by my new professors. And then all the books just sat in a foreboding pile as I dashed from part-time job to part-time job in an effort to earn enough money for tuition. It felt like I was totally on my own facing a large and daunting task. It never occurred to me that there might be people on my new campus with whom I could talk and ask questions, people who could point me in the right direction to get my questions answered even before I arrived at the gates, people who liked quelling anxieties!
To the new students and their families who are preparing for August term and a new life at Virginia Theological Seminary, please be aware that many people are already at work in advance preparing the way—people who share Jan’s commitment to quelling anxieties. For those students who are presently on campus for the summer session and those who are returning in September, know that our offices remain open throughout the summer to answer your questions.
Dr. Melody Knowles Vice President for Academic Affairs