This past week I passed my four month work anniversary at UNL, and while it is hard for me to believe that I have already been in this position for that long, it has not been hard to adjust and learn to love my job. In some ways it does feel weird that this is it, this is the “big girl job” in the real world, and not just a summer internship with me returning to K-State and the classroom. These past four months I have learned so much, both as the newest advisor, and with two advisors starting in our office after me. I have been the person trained and asking questions, as well as the one training others and being asked the questions. I have advised freshmen with their first semester of classes, helped international students adjust their schedules within their first few days in the states, as well as work with students on academic probation on steps towards a successful semester. With all of this here are four things that I found most helpful during these first four months as an SA pro.
You do not know everything, which is to be expected. Do not be afraid to ask questions, or repeat questions a few days later.
- It takes a village, not only for you as you transition into this position, but also the students you serve. Lean on your staff members, find solutions together rather than chugging along alone in your office.
- The learning never stops once you leave the classroom, it is just called professional development instead. Whether that is going to conferences, leading training exercises during staff meetings, or reading SA articles you are still learning from this profession.
- Work hard, play hard – remember to have fun (and a life) outside of work. This past week I joined the university faculty/staff bowling league to meet new people and learn a new skill. Remember it is just as important to blow off steam and relax after a long day.