One Week In: Growing Pains

by Olivia Miller

The first week as a SAPro has come and gone, with a lot of information for me to try and retain. My second week starts with NSE (New Student Enrollment) starting Tuesday and lasting until July 8th. Now I certainly do not have all of the information and skills to start right in on advising new freshmen, but I am excited to start being around students again. This week I learned more about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as met many individuals that I will be working with in some capacity over the next few years. I am excited to slowly find my place and making this new place my professional home.

One of my favorite things from this first week was going on a campus tour with other new professionals. This tour was led by an Orientation Leader who gave his own personal spin to the buildings we walked around and through. About halfway through the tour, our guide Timmy gave an important piece of advice, not only for the students who will hear it, but also for any new professional – “it’s going to be uncomfortable, but that’s growth.” A simple statement, but one that can ease anyone and how they are feeling about a new situation. Being comfortable and content typically means that you’re fine with the status quo, and aren’t pushing yourself to be better and do new things. Yes, things might be uncomfortable, but it means you’re growing, learning and improving.

For me, I’m going to be uncomfortable for a few more weeks – I’m not going to know everything (or everyone for that matter), and that’s ok. I’m growing into this position and over time I will get comfortable eventually. For now, I will embrace this discomfort and grow as much as I can, and I hope you will too.

Student Affairs - the First Years

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