Student See, Student Do

I was a student from the tender age of four to the ripe old age of twenty-two. Even though I worked on and off during those years, being a student was what came first. Being a student was natural. Preschool. Primary school. Elementary school. Junior high. High school. College. I am no longer a student. One can imagine that making the transition from student to professional may be tricky. This will change with the start of graduate school, but for the present time I am solely a young professional.

When I moved off to college, I settled in a town where I didn’t know a soul. So I joined a sorority, signed up for several campus organizations, and worked at the radio station. Fast forward to when I transfer schools. I knew a few folks around town. But once again, it was only natural to seek out other things to do aside from school. Here, I became a student assistant on campus and attended

Here I am, the new girl. I’d been out of school for two years when I moved to Tennessee. My first instinct upon arriving to Middle Tennessee State University was to get involved in something. Anything. I was still in the student frame of mind because I was back on a campus. But I had no more classes. No more mixers. No more finals. I am now the grown up. As I sit at my desk where my window looks over Walnut Grove, I see the students going to and from class and it takes me back. It wasn’t that long ago I was one of them, but for me college feels like it was eons ago.

My advice? Find your niche. Your thing. Your happy place outside of work. For me, it has come in the form of being an advisor for my sorority’s chapter here at MTSU. In this position, I can reference my time as a student to give suggestions to the women while still being the one they look to. The undergraduate Kristen is gone. Now is the time to embrace big girl Kristen. It’s been thrilling and stressful all at once. But it is time to make a new path as a young professional. And that time is right now.

Kristen Chapman

Student Affairs - the First Years

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