Remember Where You Came From

Most of us will always have a special place in our hearts for those experiences that lit our passions within the field.

Two weeks ago, during Spring Break, I headed back home to Chicago to stay with my family for the week. While I was at my parent’s house, I spent some time at my undergraduate institution working with students to prepare them for an International mediation competition. Being there brought back a lot of amazing memories; memories of times with friends, classes, and involvement. It reminded me where I came from and where my passion started in this field.

I think it is very important that we, as professionals in student affairs remember where we came from and to maintain that passion. We have all been brought a long way from when we were in college. We have gone from being involved as students to engaging students as a profession. This transformation is due to professionals before us dedicating their time and enthusiasm to ensure that we have a positive experience. As current professionals, we have a duty to continue this trend, to continue engaging students, to continue ensuring students have positive experiences.

For me, this also means staying involved at the institution that has done so much for me. Being involved with my undergraduate institution demonstrates not only my passion for the field, but also the thanks that I have for professionals that supported and developed me. How do you remember where you came from?

Joe Volin

Student Affairs - the First Years

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