I am in St. Louis for a presentation to a group of exceptional college students. I have always liked St. Louis … I love The Arch and I love connecting with college students. The Arch and the students have a lot in common. Both represent a gateway … the Arch as the gateway "to the West" and the students as the gateway "to the rest of their life". As I look out my 12th floor hotel window, I see the Arch directly across the street. The slight accent light creates a simple, yet dramatic effect in the night sky. Its reach to the sky is inspirational. And tomorrow, I know I will meet students whose maturity reaches beyond their years … and that will be just as dramatic. Both provide hope for the road ahead. Both challenge us to think of what new beginnings are waiting us. The question becomes … do you hit the snooze or walk through the portal? The Arch stands waiting to welcome you to your road ahead!