My 2018 Challenge

by Katie Yeaton

Happy new year!  We are almost one month into the year and spring semester is upon us Student Affairs folxs.  Instead of setting a New Year’s resolution, I have created several challenges for myself to start to connect more with my new institution.  One of the challenges I have faced moving to a place closer to where I grew up is how everyone knows someone I went to school with.  (Seven degrees of separation is certainly real!)  Moving to London and then Las Vegas, I enjoyed meeting new people and having a completely open experience I could develop completely on my own.  Being an hour and a half away from where I grew up has presented me with some different challenges that I am still navigating; however, as apart of my 2018 ‘connect’ challenge, I am continuing to make a conscientious effort on self-care.  So far, I have reached out about doing some baton clinics at my home studio, as well as some other local team studios.  I also recently got back into hip hop at a local dance studio and I am thrilled to escape from college life for an hour.  After taking hip hop classes for seven years, it feels natural to be back in a dance studio...if only my flexibility and memory would come back just as quick.

I hope everyone reading this takes my challenge to heart and considers ways to improve their own self-care.  For me, this self-care involves connecting more with the community, beyond their college.  To everyone in their first year of a new position and a new geographical location, I hope you too are finding ways to connect with the local area, not just your campus.  I would love to hear your goals for 2018 and your ideas for improving self-care.

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