Dear Students at the University of Virginia:
With school starting, you are beginning a new chapter in your life. And here at the university Mr. Jefferson built, there are hundreds of courses and organizations to provide you with the information you’ll need to get a good job or start a career. But, incredibly, there are few courses, if any, which help you understand who/what you are. So one might ask, “Where’s the ‘higher’ in higher education?” Shouldn’t these years also be spent cultivating a deeper understanding of life and learning how to mold an existence of meaning and purpose—maximizing our full potential?