Seeing Students Succeed

by Nikki Steinberger

Summer is the time when many of our students are employed or taking part in internship experiences. As someone who has supervised students as a graduate student over the past two years, it has been quite exciting to see the different opportunities that have been offered to them, near and far, and running the gamut of industries. I have been in touch with students who have decided to pursue careers in Student Affairs themselves, are supervising their first staff as graduate students this summer. I have heard from students who are working for big name brand companies like Hershey. I have seen the work of other students who are passionate about graphic design and the arts. I am beyond happy they have chosen to share their lives with me beyond our work together. I am lucky to have had the time I did with these immensely talented students. They are bright, motivated, and inspiring.

With this excitement however, comes a little bit of sadness. I used to be the person they looked to and relied on for support. I used to be the one they ran to with good news; now, that is someone else. Don’t get me wrong, I am elated for them and their success, and at the end of the day as SA professionals, we want our students to have the brightest of futures, but I can’t help but feel a little sentimental. After all, I was side-by-side while some of them experienced the biggest challenges in their lives. Their success now is truly a testament to their own character and ability to persevere, but who they were when I had the pleasure of working with them will always have a place in my heart.

I’d love to hear some of the great things you’ve seen your students doing this summer. Share them with me @nsteinberger

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