Resilience has two meanings, the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched, and the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, or adversity. Considering RPI students are not made of elastic material, it’s safe to say President Jackson was referring to the latter definition in her email to the Rensselaer community.
The Polytechnic thinks that the introduction of this concept is unnecessary and redundant. RPI students are already resilient, in addition to other buzzwords and adjectives, in how we go about our daily lives. Introducing resilience as a new school-wide concept begs the question: did RPI not make our graduates resilient before now? RPI alumni go on to live successful lives and often, fulfill the RPI mantra of changing the world, in some way or another.
Additionally, in the first of the two emails sent, President Jackson mentioned that every student will get a book. Not too long after, she sent out another email saying only first-year students will receive the book. Is the theme of resilience not relevant to sophomores and upperclassmen? Those upperclassmen are the ones leading student clubs, groups, Greek organizations, and receiving internships and co-ops, on top of managing a demanding course load.