Season of Change

by Maritza Torres

In the past few months I moved to a new apartment, moved into a new office, welcomed new co-workers, made new friends, and adopted a healthy new lifestyle just to name a few. ::phew::

Since being in this field I have learned to deal with change rather quickly. Everywhere you look change is inevitable in Student Affairs. Students graduate, new students enter our institutions each year, colleagues change jobs, departments change initiatives etc. I believe one of the greatest lessons I have learned in this field is to embrace change. Change can be scary to some people and not to say that it does not scare me because sometimes it does. However, when it comes to change I always try to look for the silver lining. What types of challenges will I come across and how will I learn from them? How will these changes benefit me both personally and professionally? Who is affected by this change and how can those relationships be valuable?

I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason. I ran across the following quote the other day “Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.”  I embrace the fact that every change (even those that are unwelcomed) happens to help me grow and learn. I learned that I’m better equipped to handle each new change that comes my way and that I have the support and love I need to embrace them as they come my way.

The start of a school year is a change that none of us can avoid. It’s exciting to see new faces around campus and see the campus revitalize itself for a new year. For the past few weeks most of us were in training and retreats in preparation for a new school year.  Even though we know these happen every year it’s always a little different. Next time you are sitting through trainings or retreats be aware of how much has changed around you and take some time to reflect. How have you changed this year? What changes scare you and will you cope with it? What changes excite you?

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