One of the students that I mentor graduated this past May and entered a graduate program this fall. We had a brief conversation about transitioning from an undergraduate student to a graduate student and embarking on the journey to become a student affairs professional. During our conversation, she mentioned her uncertainty, or fear I should say, of feeling like everyone would think she was a fake and not having any knowledge of what she would be doing.
The Perfect Fit – How did I get here?
Six months ago, I started a new adventure into full-time business ownership. The first two, I spent thoughtfully contemplating who I am, who I am not and what I want for this next stage in my career. For as confident as I was about the decision to leave my full-time position in higher education and career development, I was afraid of the change that needed to be made. So how did I get here?
Engaging White Professionals in Race Conversations
I want to get uncomfortable and vulnerable, so I can share my lessons about being a white staff member connecting with the small community of students of color on campus. I have divided my lessons into four sections based on quotes from my students to me.
Never Too Late
In honor of Veteran's Day last week, this week's post is a throwback authored by Nataisia Johnson about transitioning from military to campus life.
Finding Joy in the Chaos
It is hard to always be “on” for meetings and events or to not become drained by the student crying in your office or the twentieth person who tells you they NEED a single room. How do you find joy in your job when your work seems to be driven by chaos all the time?
Wear Some Purple With Your Pink
Each October, the nation comes together to raise awareness for breast cancer. A disease that affects one in eight women in their lifetime (Understanding Breast Cancer, 2016). Companies create pink items to sell to assist in the research for a cure; walks and races are completed by survivors (both primary and secondary) and supporters alike; and the National Football League allows players and teams to stray from their traditionally masculine color schemes in order to don uniforms and accessories in the now infamous Susan G. Komen pink. Thanks to the efforts of companies, organizations, and individuals around the country, there was a “37% decline in [breast cancer related] mortality from 1990 to 2013 (Why Komen?, n.d.). “