The Real Life of Student Affairs Professionals

October is upon us. That means it’s Careers in Student Affairs Month! The annual occasion when we turn our attention to doing our darndest to indoctrinate bright-eyed student leaders into the cult of Student Affairs. Or perhaps more accurately put, a time when we reflect on our own career paths, our professional aspirations and goals,… Read More

My Existential Crisis of “Home”: Where am I from?

“Where are you from?” This is a seemingly simple question to which I routinely respond with complicated answers. Most inquirers are just being polite or trying to ascertain some small amount of information about where I live. However, they usually end up with significantly greater detail than expected. My answer  and corresponding internal dialogue usually goes something like… Read More

The Truth About the First Year as a New Professional

This time last year, I was at the height of job searching. I was focused on finishing my degree and getting a job, confident that I would then be headed for smooth sailing. The problem with my intense focus on the job/degree goal is that I didn’t understand that challenges that would await me on… Read More

A Year of Change

The first blog post I wrote on this website almost a year ago was about the “One Word” that I was choosing to live by in 2012. With what I now recognize as an impressive amount of foresight, humility, and a good dose of crippling fear, I chose “change”. Even now, it feels empowering to… Read More

Belonging.

Nancy Schlossberg’s theory of Mattering and Marginality has always been one of my favorite student development theories.  This is partially due to the simplicity of it and partially because it (and her transition theory) are ones that I so easily and consistently apply to my own life. Schlossberg’s theory outlines five aspects of mattering: attention;… Read More