What could you do in two minutes or less? Wait in line for your coffee order. Stretch your body. Start a load of laundry. Or make a memorable impact in the life of a current Oregon State student.
Use two minutes of your valuable time to support student success at OSU by sharing an encouraging message to students, just 255 characters or less.
Here’s a prompt to get you started: What does your OSU degree mean to you? Your words will be a reminder of why our students started their OSU journey and all of the wonderful places it can lead.
Your note will reach students who are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic in search of kind words and advice to help them build social connections, self-confidence, time management skills, motivation and more.
Got another two minutes? Challenge your friends on social media to make a difference alongside you with this simple and quick way to spread kindness.
The submission form will close Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9:59 p.m. PT.
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Read Inspirational Messages from Alumni Below!
Thank you for the almost 200 alumni who participated in this effort for fall 2020 by sharing your words of encouragement for first-year on-campus and online students navigating final exams. Your messages are truly inspiring - and sure make a huge difference.
If you are feeling hopeless, I get it. Keep working smart and take care of yourself. I was there too, and trust me, college pays off.
Tu Nguyen, '20
You GOT THIS! You have learned lots, study well, and are prepared. Do YOUR BEST, and don’t worry about the rest!
Quyen H, '96
Hi! I'm a new Beaver graduate and I'm here to say YOU'VE GOT THIS! Think about the future you've always dreamt of. Well, guess what? That future is WITHIN REACH! Make sure you take care of yourself, too. That's just as important! :)
Katy Roach, '20
Hey you beautiful human! You are in the home stretch before a well-earned break comes along. Remember to breathe deeply, love yourself through the hard stuff and that your best is enough! You've got this!
Kellie Ward, '17
Please take a moment to appreciate the journey that has brought you to this moment. Consider those that have supported you and continue to do so. Your accomplishments are theirs as well. Your hard work honors yourself and your benefactors. Be proud of yourself and remain committed to the goals and future you desire.
Adam Scarberry, '06
Good luck on your upcoming exams! It's time to take what you've learned throughout the term and apply it for one last push through the finish line. It's going to feel amazing to know that you put forth your best work. You got this!
Emily Kenyon, '16
You are doing an AMAZING job this term and you should be incredibly proud of your perseverance. Keep working hard and know that Beaver Nation is behind you!
Hilary Brittan Lack, '04
Please know that all the alumni are wishing you good grades on your finals. Try to relax and look at the big picture and how the details fit into the picture. That will help you to remember the answers to the questions and write the best compositions.
Bruce Hamilton, '66
I want to give you a virtual pat on the back for getting to this point! Now push a little longer and nail those exams!!! Stay well, drink water, and get good sleep and it will all work out! Give those finals your all and then have a great relaxing winter break! I wish you the best!!!
Leigh Ann Starcevich, '10
I’m proud of you for choosing to go to college, it’s not easy. Going to OSU is even more awesome. You have so much in common with so many great people who have attended there. So take charge of this week. Take it serious, but know that you don’t have to be perfect. Do your best, that’s all you can do. You got this!
Heather Desmarteau, '04
You are doing great! Keep up the hard work - it will pay off dividends in your future. You've got so many alumni cheering you on!
Hilary Gunderson, '12
The tough times shall pass, grades will fade, but the knowledge you gain and memories you make in this time will stay with you forever. You've earned the right to be a Beaver and I am sure you will live up to it. Stay focused and go for it!
Pranav Joshi, '06
Treat others well, be kind to yourself, eat healthy, rest enough, exercise often, explore and go on an adventure when you finish. Have high personal standards. You are on a journey, think as you travel. Have fun!
Buzz Morales, '91
Best of luck on your finals! Spend the time to prepare for your exams. It may seem stressful, overwhelming, but you'll get through it! Your hard work and efforts will pay off always. GO BEAVS!
Emily Rodriguez, '17
Hope your finals go well. Study well, find a few ways to treat/take care of yourself. Know that what you are doing now will affect your future in ways you can't imagine. It is worth the effort. You will do great!
Kevin Kasnick, '86
Every challenge should be taken as an opportunity to learn about yourself, and how you face adversity. Whether you think so or not right now, you'll find a way through! You're a Beaver after all.
Casey Culham, '07
These days might be tough, but so are you! You are capable of truly great things. I believe in you and so do so many other people all around you!
Megan Cook, '09
Good luck with your exams! Regardless of the results, remember that your value as a person is worth far more than a grade. Study hard, do your best, stay hydrated, and give yourself grace. And, go Beavs :)
Tianna Coburn, '20
Keep going! Figure out what you are going to do today and do it - take everything in small, doable steps. Make sure you look around you and see how beautiful are your surroundings. Breathe deep, feel hope, feel loved.
Linda Engelbrecht, '11
Believing in yourself first and then doing are your keys to success. Don't give up! Failure is a teacher.
Paul Jimenez, '93
Finals, the ultimate confirmation you have mastered the subject at hand. You may be nervous but you know this stuff. What a great feeling when you walk out of that final and say, I did it! Well done, fellow Beaver!
Jay Boatwright, '78
Fellow Beaver! Finals are the last haul for the summit of the steep slope you've been trudging. Hang in. Hang tough. THIS is YOUR moment. You've got this. Now go get it!
Christine Nilsen-Marciano, '87
The time and work you put in now will pay off big time. As tough as this year has been, it will only be an upward trend. You have your fellow Beavers to lean on!
Dan Henderson, '95