Patience: A Theme for SA First Years

by William Takewell

I have officially worked at The University of Southern Mississippi(USM) for more than a year now…. I still can’t believe it July 2012 was a crazy month for me. I had graduated from undergrad two months prior, and had been working in my NODA Internship at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and as of July 5, 2012, was still jobless, assistantshipless, and homeless in regards to my graduate career at USM. I honestly never wanted to work full time and go to school. I wanted the opportunity to get the “full graduate experience.” Life always has other plans for us though.

July was a whirlwind of applying for jobs at Southern Miss and sending emails to any person I could look up online who might have worked an in area that needed someone for a graduate assistant. I kept hoping that someone, anyone would want me to work for their office while I was also going to school. It was definitely the most lost and confused I felt—while also extremely happy, I loved my internship. But then I got an email from someone encouraging me to apply for a job that she thought I would be a good fit in while going to school. So I applied for the newly created position of Communication Specialist for Student Activities. After a phone interview and a few days of worrying, I had no reason to worry any longer. I had been offered my first professional position that allowed me to also complete my master’s program. 

I wanted to start my first post with that story in order to lay a good foundation on what I will hopefully get to contribute to the #SAFirstYears blog—advice regarding patience. I am usually a significantly patient person, but during my summer before attending graduate school and even now, I feel myself growing impatient with many things. Sometimes I express this impatience externally, but a lot of times its an internal struggle with myself. I have to remind myself that I am a patient person, and that good things come to those of us who are patient, right? I like to think so.

My most recent struggle is the product of working full-time while also going to school. My program is actually (currently) a one-year, full-time program. Yes those still do exist in Student Affairs. My struggle has come from seeing members of my cohort graduate this summer and get the chance to go on and do new, and exciting things while I have two more semesters of the same old same.  I have had to constantly remind myself to be patient and understanding as my classmates have told me all about the 500 jobs they have applied for and the awesomeness that each one will provide them in getting to develop students, and to be patient as people say, “William, you have it made already having a professional job.” Essentially  the grass is always greener on the other side type problem that I have been facing. But recently, I have come to the conclusion that I need to remind myself of the William a year ago who didn’t have anything—no job, no class credits, no place to live in Hattiesburg—and remember the excitement that ensued when I got the call from my supervisor that she wanted to offer me my job.

I think that’s really what patience looks like. We forget in our field, in the hustle and bustle, where we have come from. We get frustrated with our current positions and forget to think about what it was like when we started our journey in this insane, but highly rewarding career. We have all been first year professionals at some point who are unhappy or feel they could be doing more in their jobs, and I know we have all been the graduate student who cannot wait to be done with school. I think we need to remember our first year selves when we become impatient or restless in what we are doing to be reminded of how far we have come and how far we still have to go. What do you think about patience and its role in Student Affairs? 

Student Affairs - the First Years

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  1. Patience is only one thing with we can win the heart of anyone no matter he's rich or poor. God also give us lesson to keep Patience and always see person which lower then you and save humanity. We have lots of articles and writing database on assignment help online come at our site and read your desire information.

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  3. You think it's patience? May be. For me it didn't work that well as I keep wondering around in search of the "right" place for me. From part-time inerpreter to writer for Essaypedia to freelancer than to personal assistant (again interpreter in fact)... eh...


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