…and I couldn’t be more happy about it! In 9 days, my life in higher education begins, finally. I cannot wait until it all starts. I keep reading blog posts from others that are in higher education and I just can’t stop reading and thinking about how happy I am that I am choosing this field to go into. I am so fortunate to have people in my life already that have helped shape me into who I am and who are also in the same career field as I will be in just 2 short years.
I have started to realize that it’s getting harder to explain my answer to the ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ question. Some people get it and some people don’t. It’s hard but I like being able to describe to these people what I want to be, this helps them to understand me better as well as what exactly does a person in higher education do (besides them thinking that I want to be a professor…haha no thank you, I don’t want to teach academics, I want to teach from mentoring & activities). My titles that I have in my career are not going to be simple & self-explainatroy like doctor or banker, and I’m okay with that.
When people look at me kind of funny and wonder why this field is needed. This is where I can explain my experience with student affairs and how it helped me in the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom. There aren’t many students that just don’t join any club and even if they are those students that don’t join anything they were still welcomed to college by other students who were trained by student affairs professionals. There is so much more to college than just the academics, there is an entire new outlook on life and new friends to meet. That is my goal, to help students meet people they never thought they would because that has been something that really helped me in the past 4 years.
I am continuously looking to improve myself with reading what I can but I want to know more. I want to have internships to learn from, outside mentors and go to as many conferences as I can to learn everything that I can possibly learn, so that I am the best that I can be- not only for me but more for my students. If you have any tips on internships/mentoring/conferences- let me know please! :)