It has been awhile since my last blog because the wonderful #SAsearch was the only thing on my mind since graduation in May. One month into my new role as an Admissions Counselor for Radford University, I am working on the transition from full time graduate student to full time employee. Now that my evenings are free from papers, readings on student development theory, and I am six hours from home, I am deciding what to do outside of work life! This is the first time since I was five years old that I am not going back to school in a few weeks. Here are a few activities that I can fill up my new homework-free time.
I have been out of school for three months and I am already considering enrolling in a class to fill my time. Learning in a continuous activity and if your employer will cover the expenses of 3-6 credits, why not take advantage of this opportunity? As an undergraduate student, I fell in love with the Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) course. My professor challenged her students to be successful in her classes and opened my eyes to the Deaf community. One goal I have is to take additional ASL courses and become fluent in this language. What is your educational goal?
Throughout graduate school, I had the chance to join and attend conferences related to student affairs. Aside from organizations related to the field of SA and higher education, have you considered how to build your personal development? I hope to volunteer with an organization to strengthen my personal development. As I enjoy building relationships and connections within my job, I want to establish relationships with individuals in the community. I have not exactly figured out what organization to join so I would love to know what organizations all of you are a member of that furthers your personal development.
“When I graduate and get a full-time job, I’ll start doing this.”
I know I have said this statement before and I have heard friends say it too. What are some things you have pushed off that you want to accomplish now that homework is not an excuse? Some goals I hope to accomplish now that I do not have a twenty-page law paper to write includes:
– running a 5k,
– taking a self-defense class,
– managing my money better,
– writing notes to everyone who has helped me along the way,
– taking spontaneous road trips.
Please comment below, because I would love to hear from all of you. So, what are you doing once work is over for the day or the week? How will you fill your homework-free time?
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Podcast With Stacy Oliver-Sikorski on Professional Development