A Day in the Life of Student Leadership Practitioners


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Author
Maggie McCarthy

Published
June 5, 2018


Have you ever wondered about how higher education professional become higher education professionals?

If the answer to this question is yes, then you are in luck! The Student Leadership Program Knowledge Community has created a new initiative that is showcasing professionals around the United States and surrounding countries to delve into the days of their working lives. With so many different titles and job functions, it is important to highlight the work of our professional leadership professionals in the post-secondary division of education.

As I think back to the beginning of my experience as a higher education professional, I am always in awe of just how big the world of possibility is when it comes to jobs on a college campus. From academic advisors to student support specialists, jobs at the college and university level are geared towards helping students to succeed in every aspect of their lives. My journey in higher education has certainly been a unique one, with experiences ranging from campus recreation to residential life and now, precollegiate student services, I have been able to see students’ progress through their post-secondary journey during many of the most important life stages. Student services, student support, and student life personnel have a unique way of making ordinary jobs impactful, especially in the lives of the college student populations that so many of our colleagues serve, so the mission of the NASPA Leaders Social Media Take-Over Project is simply to highlight and thank those colleagues. Reflecting on my own journey, I have seen students create the best versions of themselves through holistic modelling. Through the work of campus recreation, our students soar to new heights both mentally and physically as they learn the benefits of creating healthy lifestyles. Through the work of residential life, our students learn how to live and manage their space, emotions, and building relationships with those around them. Finally, through the work of precollegiate student services, our students learn not only that college is a viable option for them, but how to navigate the college-going process. I am humbled to be a student affairs professional, it is my life’s work and I am just getting started!

If you or one of your colleagues has a job working directly with students, in any phase of their leadership journey, we want to hear from you!


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