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Campus Community,

In my message last week, I shared with you the first suggestion I gave to the class of 2027. I asked you to connect, take action and commit to your passions.

I asked you to be bold.

This week, my challenge to you is simple.

Be informed.

Stay connected to your community. If you’ve moved away, read your hometown’s newspaper. Send handwritten notes of congratulations or sympathy, or just let someone know you were thinking of them. Stay up to date with what’s going on in the UK community, too. Go to UKNow and other university websites to discover incredible stories, learn about breakthroughs and understand the state of the university.

Read the news from multiple sources. As a member of the UK community, you have free, full access to the digital editions of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Pick a topic, read the news coverage about it, and then read the opinion pieces about it. You will find differing points of view – some may contradict yours – and that is okay.

Follow a story and witness history in action. Discovery is rarely instantaneous; it can take years or decades. But our people remain dedicated to their work and continue to unravel our world’s greatest mysteries. Find a project or initiative that excites and interests you. Follow its progress, track its impact, see who it inspires.

So, as we advance Kentucky – and the world – I urge you to stay connected, open your mind and follow the stories that inspire you.

Want something more.

Open your mind.

Uncover history.

I urge you to be informed.

Eli Capilouto