Six Word Memoir: Self Discovery

Last week we went off to Ruidoso, New Mexico for our annual #PST2012 retreat and had a great time bonding as a team, setting goals, and having fun. It was a great opportunity to spend a good solid 72 hours in the mountains, away from campus, and to have some time to reflect. Last year, we were asked to write a six-word memoir that described what we wanted to accomplish for the year, and I think I really took it to heart this year (thank you @drdeegee)! After reflecting and figuring out what my goal was for the year this is my six-memoir that I developed: Inspiring others with self-empowerment through self-awareness.

What exactly does this mean you might ask? I think it is extremely important to discover and be self-aware in order to empower yourself and your students. Why is this important to me? I truly believe (as most of you may agree) in the shared human existence. That we are all here sharing the world and have so much to learn from each other, but before we can teach others about ourselves we have to learn the lessons ourselves. The empowerment piece comes into play because I have realized that as I enter my second year working and going to school here I am more comfortable with voicing my opinion, sharing my story, and questioning – not that I didn’t feel able to last year, but this year through my own self-awareness I feel empowered to do so.

There are great tools out there that can tell you your strengths, personality, and maybe even ambitions but none of those tools will mean anything until you take the time to discover yourself. I highly encourage that you take time daily, weekly, monthly, or whatever works for you to reflect on all of your experiences and how they shape you as a professional but more importantly as a whole person.

What is your six-word memoir for the year? Please share with me @byebyeryan I would love to know!

In peace,

Ryan Bye

Student Affairs - the First Years

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1 comment :

  1. Ryan, you are an inspiration and I can’t tell you enough how much I value the opportunity to work side-by-side with you as we serve our students. I want to recognize Alma Sealine (@AlmaSealine) at Case Western Reserve University, who was kind enough to share the six word memoir presentation she did at ACUHO-I 2011 ACE in New Orleans. I know it resonated with me and I’m so happy to see it’s a gift that “keeps on giving”. :-) I look forward to working with you again this year and observing your 6 word memoir in action.


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