A Little bit of Maya (Angelou, that is...)

by Tamera Dunn

“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.” - Maya Angelou

OMG NEW PEOPLE everywhere! One of the beautiful things about meeting a bunch of new people is the opportunity to present yourself in a new way. The undergrad you and the new, improved, graduate school you could be night and day difference, and no one at your grad school is any the wiser. (Riiiight. This is something I was told right before moving from Missouri to Georgia. It's true to an extent, depending on how much you cleaned up your social media accounts before your new adventure.)

However, one of the things you'll note is that suddenly, there is plenty to talk about because life is full of stories to explain. These stories help you understand how you fit in your new career path in Student Affairs. The stories also shed light upon who you are. Additionally, your stories showcase what you deem important and worthy of sharing.

Grad school is a time to write a NEW story instead of focusing on the old. Treasure your memories of home and the past, but don't forget to live in the present.

To reflect a bit upon my initial inspiration: Have you ever felt the terrible feeling when you start a story, get a few words in, and someone else interrupts to change the topic completely? It's the worst. You didn't get to grad school without tons of supporters, so keep one of them on speed dial. It's good to speak to someone who isn't there with you at your new school, as it helps you maintain a sense of reality (or you can recreate each other's ideas at your schools!). Never be afraid to tell your story.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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