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Disconnecting in a Connected Society

When I need to disconnect from a connected society I spend time volunteering at my local dog pound. I have been a volunteer at the Wolcott Dog Pound for the past 8 years. I enjoy working fundraising events, fostering dogs, and meeting the everyday needs of those dogs who have entered the pound. They have been abused, abandoned and neglected. My goal is to help them trust again, be their...

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Next Generation of Student Registration

The UConn Early College Experience (ECE) Office is very excited and proud to announce that we will be launching a “new to UConn” student registration system, DualEnroll.com, this fall. DualEnroll.com helps Concurrent Enrollment programs, such as UConn ECE, streamline and automate the enrollment of high school students in college courses. This improvement from a 5-step process has...

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2021 UConn ECE Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest Winners

As my fellow judges and I read through the submission packets for this year’s UConn ECE Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest, we were impressed by the varying subjects and topics that students chose to write about. What the three of us discovered was that many of the poems moved us to think about why one...

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Mass Deportation – A Nation Controls Its Identity

At a recent combined UConn ECE Instructor Professional Development Workshop between American Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies (LLAS), and US History, Dr. Anne Gebelein (Professor and UConn ECE Faculty Coordinator of Latin American Studies) presented Mass Deportation – A Nation... 

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UConn Geoscience: Earth’s Dynamic Planet

We know that high school and college students are manifestly anxious about the current climate crisis. But how many also know that Earth isn’t fragile? That climate comes from underground? That ecology is only one part of earthly operations? That radioactive decay keeps our planet habitable? That petroleum is no less natural than water? That oxygen was originally an exhaust gas pollutant? That... 

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2021 UConn ECE Scholarship Winners

UConn Early College Experience recognized 10 outstanding UConn ECE Students this year, awarding each a $500 scholarship, which can be used at any institution. Winners are high school seniors, who have taken or are currently taking at least one UConn Early College Experience course and have excelled in the area in which they submitted their project. Excellence in the Arts, Humanities, or...

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UConn ECE Marine Sciences Symposium

The annual Marine Sciences Symposium took place again this year, even though it looked a bit different than in past. The symposium featured student research that has been conducted over the academic year. This year over 80 students from six high schools joined in WebEx to present their work. The students who presented at the symposium are currently enrolled in MARN1003: Introduction to... 

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School Counselors Leading the Way

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued updated guidelines for schools for the upcoming academic year. They recommend schools to fully open and students to return to in-person learning. The updated guidelines signal a return to a new normal as it pertains to learning in a school building. These recommendations are in contract to those of the pandemic which forced a national... 

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Finding Joy, Finding Beauty, Finding Purpose.

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UConn ECE Magazine, Director's Thoughts

Welcome to the Summer 2021 edition of the UConn ECE Magazine - Finding Joy, Finding Beauty, Finding Purpose.

 

I hope the UConn ECE Magazine finds you in all three states of being (joy, beauty, and purpose), enjoying the summer and the much-needed break after this intense school year. We have made it through a year that has tried our souls, tested our mettle, and hopefully can be used to unite us and give ourselves, as individuals, greater purpose. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our norms and exposed societal issues which we need to address. It shocked us with our vulnerability and forced us to adapt in ways we probably didn’t think were possible. We hope that the worst is behind us, but as we move forward, I think we sense that there will be continued adaption to come. Despite the moniker that Connecticut is The Land of Steady Habits, the State motto is, Qui Transtulit Sustinet—the one who transplants sustains—or, in other words, the one who adapts is the one who survives. In the animal kingdom, adaptation is what humans are especially good at, even if that is not always our first preference.

 

When I was in school I was told by my 8th grade teacher that because Nutmeggers come from a climate that is both hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and in any season the temperature is liable to change up to 30-degrees overnight, that during World War II, soldiers from our state were seen as being more adaptable than those from other regions of the country. Nutmeggers are adaptable by our nature, which makes us strong and capable. And when you think about it, the concepts of Qui Transtulit Sustinet and the Land of Steady Habits are not antithetical to one another. If you have steady habits, you are thoughtful, deliberate, and you find purpose in your actions – large and small. Scientists continue to study the power of purpose and have found that having what they call “strong life purpose” is the single most important factors in life expectancy (Gordon, 2019). Indeed, more so than even the negative effects of drinking, smoking, and not exercising regularly, having a weak or strong life purpose influences your longevity the most. With strong life purpose you are happier, more driven, more satisfied with yourself, can overcome adversity, and can find fulfillment. That said, what is the theoretical connection between adaptability and purpose?

 

In this time of great disruption, adaptability and purpose have a direct relationship. Any economist will tell you that with disruption there are great opportunities where previously there were none. You just need to be willing to look and sometimes know where to look. No matter your age or profession (student, professional, retiree), now (and continually) is the time to explore your passions and interests. Take time to slow yourself down and consider the concept of strong life purpose in this disrupted environment. If you are interested in doing good for others and making a difference, there are a number of worthy issues that need your investment—reach out and ask someone in those areas how you can be a part. When individuals work on a problem together, vaccines can be created, society can be influenced, and adversity can be overcome. The hardest part, many times, is discovering where your passions lie. This edition of the UConn ECE Magazine will not solve those grand questions for you. What you will find, though, are a collection of articles that talk about opportunities, interests, renewal, and purpose. If there is wisdom that I have learned, which I can offer, it is to educate yourself on a diversity of topics—because intuition comes from the processing of diverse information and luck favors the prepared—and follow your intuition, heart, and passions, because it is better to live your purposeful life as you define it, rather than to live a life curated by someone else’s.

 

Thank you for your engagement and commitment to UConn ECE. Enjoy your summer and the new opportunities ahead.

 

Brian A. Boecherer, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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