“I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.” –Eleanor Roosevelt. If we don’t know ourselves how can we function at all?

If only I paid more attention to my StrengthsQuest st score I could share that with you now. The best part about StrengthsQuest is seeing the strengths of yourself and the other members of your group. I watch a lot of movies, what can I say, I like a good movie. Lately, I’ve been able to do a lot of reflecting on myself which led me to write this post.

As year two presses on I can’t help but to think about the future. That is, where I want to eventually end up professionally, personally, and geographically. Good thing is I learn everyday what gets me excited about being a professional and my work experiences.

So who am I professionally, I’ll give you some key points to my character.

I’m a runner. I don’t run races, but I run throughout life. In undergraduate, when an event would go off track, I would speed things up to ensure that the event or program would kick off as scheduled. I learned during my first year at Notre Dame that I’m still a runner. 

When I lived in Muncie, IN, Pastor Taylor of Union Missionary Church once spoke during a sermon about also being a runner. He said that when he first started preaching he would run and to do specific actions to make sure a job was done “as scheduled.” But, he went on to say that it wasn’t until he became older/ wiser that he realized he couldn’t always be runner, and would have to be smarter about some of his decision making. Just because we know ourselves doesn’t mean we can’t move to improve our way of doing things.

I have found myself running from the start of the semester when our students arrived back on campus all the way to today, the kick-off of Fall Break. Like this summer was spent, fall break is not only needed for body, mind, and spirit, but it’s needed to look ahead to the future, reflect somewhat on where I am now in the semester, and ensure that this semester ends on a positive note.

I’m an organizer. I still get pumped going into office supply stores. As my co-workers might tell you, I’ll put together a chart for an event because it helps me picture the event and make sure the night runs smooth. Any planner will tell you that things don’t always go according to plan. I also am a fan of those lessons learned from experience.

I get excited. When things go right, when the big idea works, or when it seemed like it wouldn’t work but turns out it will, I get excited. This turns out to be a big part of my personality.

I’m a worrier. Even when I’m not on duty for a program I’ve planned, I’m thinking about the event or program, hoping I don’t receive a phone call saying “you messed up, Josh!” It’s hard to take criticism sometimes, but I guess we all have to do so.  Learning how to use the criticism is the hardest part.

I could go on and on here and share with you the inner realms of my personality but I’ll spare you. If you haven’t taken an inner look into your Work and Life balance do so when you have the chance. It’s actually turned out relieving for me and hopefully it will for you too.

Joshua Wilson

Student Affairs - the First Years

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