by Katie Yeaton
This whole past week I thought about where I was five years ago. Alike my fellow writers, I too thought of the question, “where do you see yourself in five years?” If I were to ask my 2012 self that question, I would have said a superintendent-to-be or a special education teacher. Little did I know the field I had already jumped into would become my passion and future career.
This Wednesday five years ago, I was attending Residence Hall Association (RHA) and getting ready to attend my first North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (NEACURH) conference. Spring semester of 2012 opened my eyes to the world of student affairs and how I could turn my student leadership passion into a career. I met people at that conference who would become lifelong friends and I made networking connections that would eventually lead me to UNLV. Alike most folxs who go into student affairs and higher education, I did not set out to become a res lifer, but I have opened my mind to new opportunities and have followed my passion.
Today, I see student affairs as an integral part of higher education. My goals still resemble those of the 2012-me; I still want to help people become their best selves and reach their full potential. Working in student affairs and pursuing my Master’s of Higher Education has provided me with more opportunities to meet people with similar passions, and to continue broadening my understanding of education in the United States. I am empowered to help others pursue their goals and challenge themselves to grow even further. I love this field because I get to see this growth in students every single day.
In the next five years, I honestly do not know where in the world I will be and I will be doing, but I am perfectly happy not knowing. I want the next stage in my career to be adventurous and eye-opening. I want to be happy and enthusiastic, working with people and making a difference. As a natural planner, of course I have an idea in mind of my future career and how to get there; however, I know I will get there with time, patience, and experience.
Cheers to the next five years, wherever they may lead!