A 90 Days Reflection

By Luis H. Garay

This past weekend marked my 90 day anniversary at Saint Louis University. Truth be told, I can’t believe it’s only been 90 days. In many ways it feels like I have been here a lot longer because this is a community where I have found a family, new friends, amazing mentors, and exceptional students. Very similar to how I get around my birthday, I am reflective, pensive, and introspective at the moment.

As I have told my supervisor more than once being at this institution has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. Through the experiences of being a student organization advisor, scholarship program manager, and Safe Zone Program coordinator my position has shown me what student affairs is really about. In some ways, my graduate assistantship did as well but experiences such as controversial speakers or difficult conversations with student leaders have shown me a new reality to this work. I remember saying to my supervisor, “It is like this job is exposing me to the real student affairs and shows me that if I am going to work in this field, this is the reality of it”.

I won’t lie there have been moments of deep reflection, moments where I have failed, and moments where I could have done better but each of those moments served as lessons learned and as opportunities to grow. In these 90 days, one of the main lessons I’ve learned is from my supervisor. They told me early on, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” It was a difficult lesson to hear but an important one. It was an important one because it reminded me to go on easy on myself and give myself time. I am not expected to know all the answers and really, how could I?

I’m excited for what the next 90 days have in store. If it is anything like the first 90 days they will be filled with moments of learning, growth, and compassion. One of my first one-on-ones I gushed and said how lucky I was to be at SLU and how I felt like I lucked out due to the amazing work, supportive colleagues, and an office which is more like a family. They told me that it wasn’t luck, they said, “You deserve it.” It took me a while to believe it, but in the end I know that I do deserve it. The search may have had its struggles but ultimately in my heart of hearts I know I am meant to be here, this is where I was meant to have my first professional role.

Here is to the next 90 days.

As always, thanks for reading. Feel free to share comments below or tweet me at @LuisHGaray

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