Don’t Get Blinded and Lose Sight

Every year at New Mexico State University, and the town of Las Cruces, NM, the community comes together to recognize a week long fundraiser for breast cancer called Tough Enough to Wear Pink. School children have jump rope contests at school to raise spare change. Luncheons and dinners of public figures happen throughout the week with the per plate cost being anywhere from $50-$500 . And here on campus events are taking place each day, ranging from a dodgeball tournament, a BBQ, a silent auction, glow in the dark volleyball tournament, tie dying, a 5K, and the annual Pink football game.

For two years now I have been lucky enough to serve on the campus committee, and participate from the beginning to the end of the planning and implementing stages of this week. Last year I was in charge of a luminaria ceremony with 3,000 luminaries; this year it was a kickoff BBQ and concert. I initially joined this committee not to have my name on something else on campus, or to add it to my resume, but rather in memory and celebration of those women in my life who have been affected by breast cancer, and really all those affected with cancer. But I’ve noticed the past two years how quickly one can lose sight of why they are doing a project. While most, if not all, of those involved in the committee have been impacted in some way by cancer, very quickly budgets and campus politics come into play, and the focus is then lost of why we are all there in the first place.

I think that this can happen in our jobs overall as well. I hate for this to sound like a negative Nelly post, but this year, as the high of my first year as a professional has ended and the second year of this adventure has begun, I have realized how easily I can get caught up in unnecessary drama and politics, and forget why I jumped into the wonderful and exciting field of Student Affairs. I have let myself easily be swept up in the wave of negativity and unhappiness, when all along I am so lucky to be working with students and be employed in the job that I’ve wanted to be involved with for so long.

As I have learned not just from Tough Enough to Wear Pink this year, but also the past months, sometimes the world can feel like it’s all on your shoulders, and things can get a blurry in your vision in which serves as the purpose of why we are all here. Make sure to always remind yourself, and find the reasons, why you are where you are. Even if that means changing a few things up, such as putting glasses on or wearing contacts!

Katie Ericson

Student Affairs - the First Years

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