by Olivia Miller
At Kansas State this summer our campus has been under construction – the Monday after finals week the students were gone and construction crews took their place. In addition to the new buildings, K-State has begun construction on an underground chilled water project and renovations for our Student Union. The chilled water project has been interesting to watch as I walk to campus every morning – each week a new section of campus road is shut down and having work done on it. While it has been less of a pain and more of a nuisance, each bit of the construction currently taking place is for our students.
In my little piece of campus in my office, I too have put on my hard hat and have been hard at work tearing down and reconstructing our career planning course. This has been my big project for the summer – completely reorganizing and restructuring the course content, homework assignments, point values, class presentations and anything else related to it. Every week as the construction crews move on to a different part of campus, I have been moving to a different section of the course. This process, like tearing up a road, has been tedious, time consuming and headache inducing (but at least I am in with the AC).
Before I began this project I thought it would be a simple task, but I was wrong. I first looked at which assignments were most valuable to the students and which could be taken out of the curriculum. Then my supervisor and I began looking at the course schedule and seeing how we could change the foundation and reshape it to an eight-week course. We have gone week by week in reorganizing the content and order of the class to make this class more meaningful and have a more lasting impact on our students. While this process has been long, and sometime seemed like no progress was being made like campus construction, it has made me excited to see how the students, and our staff instructors, will respond to these changes.
Construction projects, whether roadwork or a career planning course, is a slow but rewarding thing that has to be done. As someone who has grown up strongly disliking change, I have, since entering the student affairs world, slowly began to see its value. While the old version of our career planning course (and old buildings on campus) had value, the changes we have implemented only have made it stronger and of better use for our students. Yes, the construction piece has been stressful and time-consuming, but this summer construction work will be worth it in the end. As the summer comes to a close, may your summer construction projects be completed and well received by your students in the new school year.
When I started graduate school, I thought I was making bank because I was receiving a stipend of $12,000 a year for my assistantship at t...
by Katie Yeaton @kyeat29 Dear recently admitted Student Affairs Master’s student, Congratulations! You must be excited. You are a...
By Maggie Merryday @maggiesutton Since graduation, my cohort from my master’s program has maintained a Facebook group to bounce ide...
by Maggie Sutton @maggie_sutton Dear Girl at Panera Bread, I was sitting at a booth, playing with my phone, waiting not so ...
By Lindsay Ritenbaugh @lindsayrite This weekend I served as a staff facilitator for the Student Leadership Institute’s Winter Leader...
by Olivia Miller @olivia9124 Dear 2nd Year Grads, This is it, your last semester of graduate school, you are almost there from transit...
by Stefanie Lucas @stefanie_lucas You survived The Placements Exchange and the first round of phone interviews… congratulations! ...
by Dylan Ruffra @drcards Over the past semester, I have been spending a lot of time working on my job search process. I have been ...
by Olivia Miller @olive9124 “I’m actually thinking about following in your footsteps and going into college student development.” Ear...
by Olivia Miller @olive9124 While at NACADA last week, what started as a typical sinus infection turned into a horrible wracking cough, per...
- ► 2016 ( 153 )
- Grade 19
- Move in Weekend: We Worked, We Conquered, We Survi...
- The Importance of First Impressions
- SA Year 2: Making it Count
- Home is Where the Heart Is
- My First Week
- Work Worth Doing
- The 8 Key Questions
- The Fit Life: Making it a Priority
- Looking for Board Members and New Writers
- When Life Strikes
- The RAs are coming! The RAs are coming!
- Dare You To Move:
- Growing Up
- Planning With a Purpose
- Friends, Waffles, Work
- Meet Cassidy!
- “Where are we going? We’re going to Canada”
- Chronicles of a NODA Intern: Dear Future NODA Inte...
- Under Construction
- Sisters Always
- ▼ August ( 22 )
- ► 2014 ( 256 )
- ► 2013 ( 355 )