Brave – Sara Bareilles

by Kelli Campa

Fun reading, reading a book that is not for class, is something that I enjoy doing but do not get to do so that often. I know that I need that time for myself, both in reflection and to learn something new. Since I have graduated from graduate school in May, I have tried to read a book each month. This month I have chosen to read Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly.” Although I am only half way done I have learned quite a bit in reflecting about vulnerability.

One line from her book that has stuck with me is, “We must dare to show up and let ourselves be seen.” I know for myself that sometimes letting myself be seen and my ideas be heard can be a very vulnerable task, particularly when starting a new position. But in order to gain strength and even more insight we must be vulnerable, and brave in our work with our students, in our personal lives, and with ourselves. Vulnerability is knowing that when we do make mistakes, instead of beating ourselves up, we figure out how we can learn and grow from it.

These past few weeks I have had to be vulnerable with my RA staff in what I do and do not know about my new position. Instead of letting that be a detriment in our relationship, I see it as a way for both of us to learn and grow from each other. We each bring our ideas to the table and in doing so we allow ourselves to be open, genuine, and brave with each other.

For those who are starting out in new positions or have been in the profession for a while, be vulnerable with your professional and student staff. From your example they can learn that it is ok to make mistakes, to be vulnerable themselves. You may surprise yourself in what you may learn from each other.

“Say what you wanna say, And let the words fall out, Honestly I wanna see you be brave.”

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