My mother’s purpose in this world is to live a life of gratitude. This is not done in the abstract, but a genuine reminder to herself on a daily basis that in spite of the struggles that plague many of us: problems at work, struggles in romantic relationships, health concerns—not to mention the frustration and … More Living and Leading through Gratitude
My friends often tease me about my “nerdy” tendencies. Perhaps one of the most uttered phrases out of my mouth is “did you know…” followed by some obscure fact that will most likely not benefit me in life unless I end up as a contenstent on a game show. I am obsessed with historical fiction, … More The Beauty of Looking Up
Every December 1st, on World AIDS Day, I take a moment to light a candle and say a prayer for those we’ve lost to this disease and those that still live with it on a daily basis. I put on a a red ribbon to honor those impacted by this epidemic. Growing up in the 80s … More Service is more than a red ribbon
Next week, I will officially end my three-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees for a non-profit that promotes the health and dignity of people living with HIV and AIDS. It has been a tremendous honor to serve in this capacity for such a long time and I am going to miss … More Five Reasons Why Every Student Affairs Professional Should Serve on a Non-Profit Board
It’s 2016 and all social media channels are filled with posts about New Year’s Resolutions. Many of them pertain to healthy habits, physical fitness, attitude towards life, or perhaps even personal finance. Indeed, I made a few of these for myself (goodbye gummy bears, we had a good run). However, one thing was noticeably absent. … More New Year, New Professional You
When I think about college and university campuses, I think about student involvement, athletics, greek life, traditional residence halls, studying on the quad, switching majors, and really learning to discover “who you are.” I think of students focusing on learning as much outside the classroom as they do inside the classroom. I think of the … More Vocation Helping Vocation: Lessons About Student Affairs Administration from Career-Specialized Institutions
“I always assumed that working at a small school was like scraping the bottom of the barrel.” The moment this was stated, I knew exactly what this graduate student was saying. It was a sentiment I have heard from various graduate students that I have connected with over the course of the summer. There seemed … More Does Size Matter? Professional experiences at small colleges and universities.