Little Victories

By Megan Reilly

In my post last week, I wrote about a coworker of mine who was really struggling with a student. The student had been difficult throughout a planning process that my coworker had put significant time and effort into and the student told her that she was setting her up for failure by not making exceptions at every stage of the process. Then something happened that made me feel the need to elaborate on this story.

Last Friday, that student came into the office and apologized to her. It was a simple comment but it was also a kind gesture of acknowledging that she had been difficult and hadn't pulled her own weight in the process. My coworker was dazzled and admitted to us later that it is really all she felt like she needed - a simple apology for a hurtful comment and recognition that she isn't bad at her job.

At the end of the day, isn't that what we all want? Is it asking too much to be respected by our peers and our students and maybe even occasionally be thanked for the hard work we do?

This is what I see as a little victory. It is a small win and it's worth telling your coworkers (who know the situation) and even your mom (who still is trying to figure out exactly what student affairs is), but doesn't need to be anything more than that. But sometimes it's all you need to feel a whole lot better.

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