Turning Over a New Leaf

Besides sun, swimming, and relaxation over the holiday weekend, I also helped some dear friends move into their new house. Moving is stressful, tiresome, and exciting. However, it also gives you the opportunity to reflect at your time in your current location and look ahead the future.

At this time during the year, Student Affairs professionals across the country are faced with difficult choices. People who have recently graduated are making decisions about where they want to work and are hopefully accepting positions. They are moving from life as a student to life as a professional. Those of us who are reaching the anniversary of their first year as a professional are surely reflecting on the past year. I know I have been amazed on how quickly this year as flown by as my one year anniversary at my current institution is approaching at the end of the summer. We can no longer be considered “the new person” or make excuses because now we know better and should have learned from our past mistakes. We are expected to be taking on more responsibility and growing as a professional in our field. We need to be able to take the life lessons we have learned and pass them along to new folks in our wonderful profession.

Although I still have a few months until my first year is complete, I am focusing on the upcoming year. I’m making goals for myself and pushing myself to be the best I can be in both my professional and personal life. I challenge my fellow bloggers and avid readers to do the same. Where do you want to be at the end of your second year as a professional? Once we determine where we want to be, we will know how far we have to go. 

Amber Phillips

Student Affairs - the First Years

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