Grown-Up Business

Far too many times, as the semester gets a little crazier and busier, I have noticed how much I use the above term, along with those around me. I use it when I realize I haven’t spoken with my family and friends (far and near) for a while, or when I haven’t taken care of some basic being-a-grown-up business (taxes, oil change, etc).

In our field of Student Affairs, it seems like there is hardly a time when things really slow down. In my first year and a half of being a professional, I have realized that there is a difference between being busy, and being fickle. Now when I use the term fickle I feel as though it may be a bit harsh or dramatic, but I truly believe that I rely on the “I’ve been busy” excuse far too much, and it’s something I need to stop. Yes, I am busy, but so are you. So is my family. So are our students. Life is busy. But it’s magnificent, and if we don’t take care of the things and people that are necessary to us to live a better life, is it really worth it?

I’ve realized how refreshed I feel when I take time out of my schedule to write cards to friends, call someone I haven’t chatted with in a while, or go to the gym for an extra hour or so. We all need to take these breaks, and stop using excuses. Yes, things get busy. That’s (usually) a good sign. But using it as an excuse, as I have caught myself doing so many times before, can really discount how busy we really are, and how much we are willing to give up for an hour or so to build connections or for self-care. Embrace being busy, and in that include taking time away from work and work toward that “work/life balance” that is touched on so much in our field.

What do you think? Have you caught yourself using this as an easy excuse for anything?

Katie Ericson


Student Affairs - the First Years

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