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
"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.
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 … Continue reading A Year of Change
Oh, the plight of a new professional in ResLife: everyone thinks I'm an undergrad. And by everyone, I mean mostly the students and parents who arrived this weekend. My staff gets it for obvious reasons. Really, though, it's tough to be 24, live on a college campus (in a residence hall), and not be mistaken … Continue reading “Actually, I’m a professional staff member…”