Dean of Student Life
I am Dean of Student Life John Bradac. I spent a good deal of my career at Ithaca College prior to coming to Tompkins Cortland Community College, and in that time I learned something I know applies to students here and at every college: Your success is in your hands.
You’ll get the support you need here at Tompkins Cortland in the form of professors who are invested in your success and who will get to know you as a person (consistently small classes help). You’ll also get support from staff, tutors, librarians, and peers who are part of our remarkably tight-knit community.
But you won’t get it if you don’t go get it.
My challenge to you is to fully engage in your college experience. Engage in the classroom: Ask questions, challenge your professors, stay for that one extra minute after class and get to know the person who has dedicated their life to your education. Don’t do the work just to do the work. Do the work to become the best possible you.
Engage outside the classroom: This is your chance to really be who you are. Do something you’ve never done before. Go hiking with friends. Put your phone away and start a conversation in the three minutes before class starts. Go to the residence hall activity. The more people you know, the things you do, the more this place begins to feel like a true home away from home.
Your time here can be transformative, but it starts with you.
That is my challenge to you. Engage fully. In a few years when you’re standing on the stage at commencement or packing up to transfer and continue your education, you’ll know it was worth it.