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
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
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience, but in times of challenge and controversy. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 2016 NASPA conference has been planned to be held in Indianapolis, IN in March of next year. Today, the Governor of Indiana signed a … Continue reading Our Common Purpose is Inclusion. Change the Location of NASPA 2016.
I'm in the airport on my way home from the annual NASPA Conference. And I'm thinking about the great NASPA Yik Yak fiasco of 2015. If you haven't caught up yet, there's a lot of brouhaha about a variety of yaks that have been made by conference attendees over the past couple of days. It … Continue reading On NASPA, Yik Yak, and Perhaps What Really Matters
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)
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, … Continue reading The Real Life of Student Affairs Professionals
I recently surfaced from the Student Affairs gauntlet known as ResLife Training and Residence Hall Opening. It's the time of year when I say goodbye to absolutely everything else in my life except for work. I worked 7 days a week for three weeks, typically logging 12-14 hour days. This level of work is actually … Continue reading The Hypocrisy of ResLife: RA Training
I am not the first student affairs professional to ponder this question, and surely not the first person to pen a blog post under this clever title. It's self-explanatory, though. I'm considering applying for full time PhD programs. Cue excitement, fear, confusion, joy, GRE study books, inspiration, anxiety, budgeting... Generally speaking, I'm overall quite terrified by … Continue reading To PhD or not to PhD…that is the question.
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
For the second year, instead of choosing a New Year's Resolution, I am choosing One Word to live by in 2013. This is a widely-shared concept that you can find more about on sites like My One Word and One Word 365. I was first introduced to One Word last year by my colleagues in the … Continue reading One Word for 2013: Momentum