I have been in my first professional role in Student Affairs for about 5 months now. Like some other recent posts, I am beginning to wonder if I am in the right profession. I say this because I find myself lacking motivation when I am at work. I spend half the time questioning the tasks I should be doing on a daily basis. It’s not that tasks are not challenging enough but I find myself running out of them. I recently spoke with a friend about how some people in our generation work efficiently at fast paces and are very task-oriented. These kind of people are checklist driven and can be great assets to a department in Student Affairs.
But what do these people do when their checklists are completed? I find myself trying to create my own work and I have added this blog just to give my first year more purpose and the ability to reflect upon my work. I work with international students who are very polite and rarely break rules. They have a curfew that prevents the slightest possibility of them actually living a normal American college-student life. Instead of going out and exploring the city, they stay in with other international students. How can you really learn about a culture and get the most out of your study-abroad experience if you stay on campus? I am not just trying to motivate myself at work. I am also trying to motivate my students to gain the most out of their time in the United States. I want to create programs that enhance their cultural immersion experience and give them opportunities to explore and learn about American culture.
I have ambitions to be a college president one day and I ask myself what can I be doing right now to better prepare myself? There are things I need to experience in these years to come to better prepare myself but I am unsure on what these things are. So how can I motivate myself if I really do not know what to expect or what kind of tasks I can complete to make myself a stronger professional in Student Affairs? These are questions I am sure many professionals my age have and we’re all looking for some form of guidance. I have recently tried to reach out to fellow professionals my age who are struggling to find the motivation to keep them in this field. I am looking to serve in a support network that allows us to speak about these early career concerns and give each other the best advice possible. The first year is not easy and sometimes without proper guidance. We begin to question why we are here. Please feel free to reach out to me after reading this post. I am happy to support you.