During the NASPA 2016 Annual Conference, I had the wonderful opportunity to give a talk on "Breaking Up With Busyness," inspired by a post originally published here, as well as my ongoing personal journey and the great work of many writers and researchers. Busyness, which can be described as the constant need in our … Continue reading #SASpeaks: Breaking Up With Busyness
I haven't written in a few months. And the truth is, it's because I've been afraid of what might come out. As a process of personal consciousness-raising, writing allows me to get in deep with my own thoughts and feelings about the personal, political, and vocational. And lately, in all three of those arenas, I've … Continue reading “And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”
About a year ago, I started breaking up with Busyness. Busyness and I were pretty deep in a toxic relationship that had started sometime in my sophomore year of college, just around the time that I was introduced to a budding career in Student Affairs. Busyness, which can be described as the constant need in … Continue reading Breaking Up with Busyness
You should work to live, not live to work. I have, in very recent history, openly scoffed at this adage. I have thought to myself, "My work is not just work...it is life. My work is meaningful and important, so I don't need to worry about keeping my work time under control. Everything just blends together and … Continue reading There’s More to Life Than Work (I Think)
At age 26, I have now officially lived half of my life pre-9/11 and half post-9/11. On this 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, I have been reflecting on how I experienced that day as a 13 year old. Sitting in second period Computer Science class, we had easy access to the internet, which … Continue reading America’s (and My) Post 9/11 Loss of Innocence
"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 … Continue reading My Existential Crisis of “Home”: Where am I from?
Today, I won a really wonderful award. I was given the honor of Outstanding New Staff member for the Division of Student Affairs. I have a nice, shiny statue to place in my office, I was applauded and hugged by my wonderful colleagues and friends, and many kind words were spoken about me. Being a … Continue reading Belonging, part 2.
I'm spending this weekend traveling for my sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc., which is giving me pause to consider this aspect of my identity and experience. I am proud to be a member of this organization, and since joining in 2007, I have been given many opportunities to embody and espouse our ideals … Continue reading True Life: I’m a Sorority Woman
By now, anyone who has read/seen/heard about the op-ed piece that high school senior Suzy Weiss wrote in the Wall Street Journal has probably decided that she is entitled and maybe the reason she didn't get into those Ivy League schools is that she's kind of a jerk. The op-ed, which is an open letter to … Continue reading What We Should Learn From Suzy Weiss and her Ridiculous Rant
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 … Continue reading The Truth About the First Year as a New Professional