Due dates—have you ever realized the importance of these two words? Due dates can apply to many different situations in life: a project in school, a task for work, or, as I just recently experienced, the day my child was to be born.
Due dates can lead to much anxiety and sleepless nights, and I experienced both while awaiting the arrival of my now three-month-old son, my first child. This due date was an exciting but stressful one, as they tend to be; like any parent, I hoped to have a healthy, happy child. I also hoped my wife and I could quickly adjust to the huge lifestyle change.
Looking back, the thoughts I had while waiting for my son’s due date were not so unlike the thoughts of many deans and directors in the admission world as they wait for the May 1 deadline to arrive. Having worked in admission, I understand the importance of this date, the pressure that comes with it and the sleepless nights that surround it.
I wish all the leaders in higher ed the best of luck for a healthy and happy incoming class and that all your enrollment goals are reached! Hopefully we both can start to get some sleep in the coming weeks!