Menlo College President Moran Offers Advice for Students and Parents – the 2016 Orientation

Menlo College President Moran Offers Advice for Students and Parents - the 2016 Orientation

At the orientation for the class of 2020, President Richard A. Moran gave students four things to remember as they start their college experience at Menlo:

  1. Go to class
  2. Get to know your professors
  3. Get out and do something (known as extracurricular activity in academic language)
  4. Make friends

To help students get into the mood, Moran suggested choosing a “walkup” song (his mother’s advice) to keep in mind – one they can hum to themselves as they make their entrance on campus. He explained that a walkup song is a confidence-building song that says you’re going to be someone.

As the parent of four children, his suggestion for parents who are already missing their students before leaving them are the painful words so hard to face, “Let go.”

In humorous fashion, Moran relayed the progression of letting go his four students on each of their first day of college. He recalled how he and his wife sobbed while dropping off the first child. They shed some tears for the second child. They checked their watches with the third child. And the fourth? They waved and watched him board an airplane, shouting “so long; good luck!”

On a serious note, he added that the Menlo College community is committed to help students achieve a positive outcome. The goal for students, he concluded, is to be able to say as many other alumni do, “Menlo College changed my life.”