You Can Live Anywhere for Two Years

This is what we were told in my grad program as we were job searching that fateful Spring of 2011. And while I don't doubt this in any way, I've realized the past year and a half that while you can live anywhere for two years, you also have to be happy.

Don't get me wrong. The past year and a half has been quite a wonderful time. I've met some amazing people, worked with incredible students, and grown so much professionally and personally. I have had some major ups, as well as some not so wonderful downs, but I wouldn't trade them for anything.

About a month and a half ago a friend of mine from my cohort in graduate school posted that her current employer, Texas Tech University, was hiring for a Residence Life Coordinator position. As I was already planning on job searching in the Spring, I figured that this would be a good way to get my butt in gear and tweak my resume and get back to those cover letters. 

Well, to save you some time, I will let you know that it was quite a quick process, and within two weeks I had set up my first Skype interview, been invited to campus, closed my current building at NMSU for the semester, went to an on-campus interview, and was offered the job. Needless to say, this was not what I was expecting, and I was overcome with shock, gratitude and excitement of what this new opportunity offered. 

It was after I went back to my guest apartment at Tech, jumped up and down, called my parents to tell them of the offer, that it hit me that I would not be able to bring my current staff with me as I moved. Obvious observation? Yeah, okay maybe. But it was one of those "ah ha!" moments, where I realized I was still passionate about the field I was in. I had an amazing opportunity in front of me with a great department, but what held me back was I had come so far with the students I work with, and they had come so far with me as well, and I was sad to leave them. But, I also knew they would understand. They move on, and so must I.

So here I am. Sitting in a coffee shop while I am home in Salt Lake City, thinking about where the next month will take me. I have two weeks in January in Las Cruces to wrap things up at NMSU, then off to Lubbock and Texas Tech I go! 

I can't wait for this opportunity, and am so thankful for all of the support I have received from my family, friends, and my new coworkers/friends. 

Sure, you can live anywhere for two years. But don't lose your happiness. And don't lose your passion for what you're doing. You never know when an amazing opportunity comes your way to take you on your next adventure.

 Katie Ericson

Student Affairs - the First Years

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  1. Yay! Thursday Buddies will be writing from the same place! Destiny? Fate? Luck? All of these!

  2. I am such a believer in this, Katie. Speaking from a fellow "jumped before the 2 year mark"-er, I respect your decision and wish you the absolute best at your new home in Lubbock. Here's hoping we can reunite in person again real soon! :)


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