I'm Thankful For...What I am Going to Do for Student Affairs

by Dylan Ruffra

There is a wide variety of things you can do in the field of student affairs. It is important to explore the options that you feel will best help you and the people you are serving. With going into the field I hope there are many great things I get to do for students and the profession. I want to help student affairs by making sure all students feel like they belong and that they are connected to campus. With being in in student affairs I also want to help recognize the hard work our professionals and students. Just now going into the field I hope there are many great things I can accomplish and be thankful for.

With working with students it is a good idea that they feel connected to where they are going to school. It is important to me to help students know that school is more than just a place where they go to learn. As students are starting their first couple of years and it is good to know that I can point them to the resources that they need. I want the students that I am working with to have fun and succeed. With the students who come into my office, I have a conversation and see how they are doing. If they are struggling, I try to help point them in the right direction. I am thankful, that I work in a field where I get to give back to students.

As I supervise and work with students, I try to recognize them for their hard work that they do on the daily basis. Students are a big part of what make our school the successful place it is. I think that it is good to let students know the good work they are doing and that you appreciate it. The simple things you do for students can make all the difference. While I am working in the field, I want them to know that I care and appreciate everything that they are doing. It is good to be rewarded for the hard work you put into the semester.

Some ways that I am currently practicing what I preach is through my job. I am thankful I get to have a job that gives me many opportunities to do. Each month I try to plan a program that will help students feel connected or reward them for their hard work. This is a great way to help students who may not actually ask questions. I try to point them to the right resources and make sure they have the steps to have fun and succeed. I like to let students know that I am someone that they can talk too. I also try to equip my Resident Assistants with all the available knowledge as well. My Resident Assistants do great work every day so I try to recognize them at least on a monthly basis. It is good to see my Resident Assistants make a difference and reward them for that.

With the job that I have there are so many things I get to do with students affairs. I am thankful for the opportunity that is given to me each and every day. I like knowing that I can maybe make a difference in student’s lives. I try to make sure that students can come to me and I can support them when needed. As I have started my career in student affairs I like to give back in any way that I can. I am thankful I am in a field where I can help the students and the professions grow.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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