Fellow Knights, 

Steve Prefontaine, a United States Olympic track and field athlete, once said “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” 

I recently re-discovered this quote and find that it best summarizes my wishes for each of you as students at Wartburg. Often times the beginning of a school year is hectic; already feeling stretched too thin, you may have begun to question whether you’re capable of achieving the goals in which you desire.

But remember this, “those who say they can, and those who say they cannot, are both usually right.” Have confidence and do not forget how fortunate you are to attend a college that provides countless opportunities to grow as a student and as a person. 

I have found in my experience that Wartburg students have, at times, a chronic inability to say no. Yet, I find comfort in this.

Not because it is the quickest way to fits of anxiety, but rather because it is a strong indicator of just what type of student body we cultivate here at Wartburg. One that is a culmination of individuals who have much to offer, despite only having four short years to share their talents. 

Whether you believe it or not, each of you has a gift that contributes to the larger whole. Thus, I encourage you all to recognize that wherever you may be upon your journey at Wartburg, you are helping to create an environment that allows your peers and instructors to thrive. 

I cannot stress enough that you must continue to give your best, as you will not only be doing a disservice to your peers, but to yourself. You all having something special that necessitates the world’s attention.

I am a firm believer that, in old age, we are not haunted by that which we have done, but rather by what we have left undone. I ask you to not allow your time at Wartburg to become a piece of your life riddled with regrets. Instead, let it be imbued with fond memories of little sleep, lots of reading and lifelong friendships. 

I wish you all the best of luck. 


Trevor J. Hurd

P.S. As always, Outfly is tomorrow. 

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