Everyone has an origin story. Whether you’re a superhero like Batman and Superman, or just a person in the workforce, everyone has their story. This one just so happens to be mine.
I fell into student affairs pretty early on without even realizing it. My college career began in the fall of 2013, and by my spring semester of 2014 I was a student ambassador, office and administration specialist III, and a volunteer for the Great Expectations department at my community college. I was helping to organize the Open House, helping students fill out applications, and so much more. I’ve never had a job that felt like work — it was all fun. I was excited to get up every day and head to the office at 8:30 a.m. Helping students who had been out of school for years fill out their applications was so fulfilling. At the end of every day, I left the office with a smile.
Eventually I had to transfer and leave my community college. I went to a state school, and my passion came with me. I applied to be an Orientation Leader with my university and I got the position. Being an Orientation Leader was nothing short of amazing. I was getting paid to make friends! Talking to the incoming students and getting to know their stories was absolutely wonderful. I loved it so much that I reapplied for the next summer. By this time, I’m getting close to graduating and I have no idea what to do with my life.
I spoke with my boss who is the director of new student and family programs here, and she recommended I go into student affairs. When I sat down and looked back, I realized the numerous things I’d done in the name of student affairs and how each job I took was just as fun as the last one. I realized I had fallen in love with student affairs before I even knew what it was called. That’s why I’ve decided to join this field.