My first post:Transitions July 1st, 2008
Hello everyone! I’ve loved reading the posts and have anticipated blogging myself in the last few months, I thought when I read this for the first time, how cool that our program has something that can reach out to so many people, especially prospective students. Applying for graduate school is a really nerve racking thing at times, it’s intimidating. All the formality of applications, essays, interviews, and the funny thing is that once it’s over it’s all about the people, one on one interactions, mutual learning and fun things like that. That’s why I loved this blog, it’s a way for us to be virtually connected to people, make the search a little less scary. I’m glad I’m able to be part of it.
I felt that for my first post I would talk about how my transition has been, I’m in an interesting place in my student affairs journey, I’m changing up my life completely. I’ve spent the last two years running a first year hall in a small town in Minnesota, I spent most of my time working with hall councils and my RHA, handling a couple of judicial cases here and there, and supervising a student RA staff. All of it was amazing, I love residence life, working with first year students and having the opportunity to advise an RHA, take students to conferences around the midwest and be part of all that the first year has to offer. Now I am moving into graduate school, looking forward to a completely different job in the Women’s Center in which I will supervise a few more students and have the opportunity to program more! Here’s the most interesting change, I’m moving off campus. I’ve lived on campus for the past 6 years, all four of my undergrad and the last two as a RD. Five of which have been in a FYE hall. This is feeling completely bizarre, filling out leases, renters insurance, BUYING furniture, holy cow, it’s a little nuts, not to mention that I will be living 2.5 miles away from campus. That’s quite a change, one I am looking forward to, but definately will be different. I feel like those who chose student affairs as a career know, or will get to know frequent change very easily and learn to go with the flow, I am no exception. So here I come, I’ve moved my life 1,500 miles once again; just another year in the life of a new professional. More changes ahead, bring it on!