Stefanie Mancuso Norris
September 25, 2017
I started my professional career in Higher Education as an ambitious, extroverted, and energetic program board advisor. My first year the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) was my world. I ate pizza and catered cookies at least two meals a week, had more Facebook photos in an event staff shirt than any other item of clothing. At the end of that year, as I thought about what year two as a professional would hold, I realized I needed to seek other opportunities in the department and on campus. Around that time, the Director of the union took me to lunch and challenged me to decipher what I enjoyed at work from what I was good at, and then try to take opportunities that involved both. She cautioned me that if I was not intentional when seeking additional responsibilities I would easily find myself doing things I was good at that I might not enjoy. Since then, I have continued to seek additional opportunities within my department and on campus. I have learned some key things when it comes to saying “more please”…
Opportunities can only be given when they are available, so be patient and communicate with your supervisor and, when appropriate, their supervisor. More responsibility is given to professionals who demonstrate competency and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. I challenge you to reflect on what you enjoy and ask those you respect where your strengths are. Seek tasks that blend both and good luck!
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Stefanie Mancuso Norris is in her 8th year at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she serves as the Director of Campus Life Arts and Programs. She has a bachelors from Longwood University and her masters in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. She enjoys living at the beach, spending time with family and friends, and pizza. She can be reached at [email protected].
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