About a month ago @KevinCleary, @JoeGinese, and I had a conversation about how Jesuit education and philosophies shaped each of us personally and professionally. In case you may not know who the Jesuits are, here’s a quick overview: The Society of Jesus (also know as the Jesuits) are a Catholic religious order and are known and respected for several fields, including education. Here’s a link to a wikipedia page with more information about them.
Now, I hope this doesn’t come off as proselytizing because I’m actually not religious even though I’m a product of Catholic education (K – Undergrad) so it’s definitely has shaped who I am. We each mentioned a different concept that I thought I’d share with you because I believe that they apply to our work:
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (my Jesuit shout out in our conversation)
This is the Jesuit motto which means “For the great glory of God”. For me, it means about doing my best always and thinking about the bigger picture that my every action has on this world as well as others.
I like to believe that Student Affairs professionals do the work that they do because it is very selfless work which concentrates on helping others. Also, a lot of professionals got into the field because of the impact it had on them and they want others to experience the same.
Magis (@KevinCleary’s shout out)
It literally means “the more”. It’s meant to think about doing more for one’s faith as well as for others. It’s about always striving to do good work and never being content. Kevin mentioned in a tweet that started the whole conversation “I have found that I work best with people who embrace the value of ‘Magis’ – Always striving for more!”
Cura personalis (@JoeGinese’s shout out)
It basically translates to “caring for the entire person” and we as Student Affairs professionals always talk about taking a holistic approach with our students and how the college experience should be about not just the classroom experience.
How have experiences outside of your higher education graduate program influenced you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Pete Pereira (@PetePereira) is Coordinator for Campus Activities at Texas State University-San Marcos.