Recently, I’ve been contemplating a term: change. I started a new position, in a new city and state, at a new institution, moved into my significant other and my first “real” (not the residence hall) apartment, and got a dog from the mother-in-law. Well, I got three dogs; two were his and the third is “ours.” Long story short: lots of change in a short period of time.
A new job, at a new institution, came with a wildly different standards of protocols and procedures (both written and understood), thoughts of “that’s the way it’s been, why change?”, and growth opportunities balanced with rigid challenges. All of these twisted and mixed together have been overwhelming and somewhat discouraging.
More so, I’ve noticed not only from me, but from the community-at-large, stepping on someone’s toes has happened more than once. I’ve become quickly discouraged at moments and questioning my transition because change is warranted and people are upset with questions and decisions.ed a mindset that I’ve decided to change today: a bad attitude. This attitude has been expressed by not only me but the campus community.
Recently, I was browsing social media and found a quote that hit home on my newsfeed.
How do others deal with the “that’s the way it has always been” mentality when you can see it is time it is time to press forward? How do you strengthen the allies that want change, and foster it within your area?