Belonging, part 2.

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 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 … Continue reading The Truth About the First Year as a New Professional

Week 1: “Please be my friend”

After arriving on campus a week ago, I finally started to meet other new HDs on Wednesday. Thank goodness, because I was getting to the point where I really couldn't occupy myself any longer without a TV or being able to unpack my stuff. I was getting a little bit starved for human interaction (to … Continue reading Week 1: “Please be my friend”

Book Review: Not Quite Adults

I'm 23 (going on 24), which means that Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone (Settersten and Ray, 2010), is not just a little pro-devo for someone who works with an 18-24 population. This book pretty much describes my life.  As I write this, … Continue reading Book Review: Not Quite Adults