As some of you might know, I am the Graduate Student Liaison for the NASPA Technology Knowledge Community. With this new responsibility, I have assumed the helm of the @SAGradMOD Twitter account—where I have launched a weekly #SAGrad chat in hopes of engaging more graduate students in online professional development.
Each week we have our own chat similar to the #SAChat—yet, we focus on responding and sharing experiences from the perspective of being/having been a #SAGrad student.
There are many consistently dedicated folks who join us each week and we’d love to have your voice heard and elevated during these chats!
So follow @SAGradMOD, carve 9-10pm EST out of your calendar and join the dialogue!
[NOTE: The timing may change this academic year, but notifications of that change will occur in the near future!]
If you aren’t convinced, check out this quick list I composed!
1. Twitter Networking is the WAVE OF THE FUTURE
If it’s been said once, it’s been said a million times—Twitter and Twitter chats are becoming pivotal ways to become more connected with colleagues within the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education.
We are able to chat in real time with actual professionals and graduate students in the field to gain wonderful amounts of perspective and insight on a myriad of topics.
Why wouldn’t you want to be involved in this?
[Note: If you aren’t on Twitter and would like an orientation, please reach out to me—I am more than happy to help out with setting you up for success!]
2. Lots of real talk.
Let your hair down. Let’s get real.
Grad life is a struggle and we all want a forum in which we can relate and be real.
I applaud our consistent contributors to the #SAGrad chats who have been authentically sharing their insights in hopes of helping others learn from their experiences.
Through the first few chats we’ve already had this summer, we’ve discussed Summer Networking, Grad Student Mental Health and Wellness, Developing Professional Identity, Dynamics of the Cohort Model, and Professional Boundaries. Among other topics that pop up along the way.
And there are many more chats to come.
3. The learning never ends.
Yes, we have school. We also have work.
We also need to continue our learning.
And what better way to learn than from your colleagues?
We are in this together, so we might as well connect and continue our learning together as well.
This way, in 20 years, we will look back on our time during #SAGrad with fond appreciation for how much we were able to help each other grow through these weekly chats.
4. It’s a nighttime chat—so you could easily add it to your schedule.
I wanted to make the time for our chat to be more accessible—at least during the summer. We chat on Wednesday nights and once the school year begins, I am open to moving the night—because I might need to do so—yet, I want to make sure the timing of this chat is as less invasive and accessible as possible.
So, for now, wind down your evening with a stimulating chat about what you are passionate about—more student affairs learning! Not to mention half of our chats begin with talking about food in some manner or another—so it just adds to the conversation!
And many people participate casually while at dinner with their family, while watching a movie, or while playing some sweet guitar tunes.
Whatever you gotta do, do it! Live long and #SAGrad chat!
5. ANYONE can join in!
Yes, anyone. Not just current #SAGrad folks.
Think of this as a subset of the weekly #SAChat—
We want the conversation to have as much input and knowledge as possible, so we welcome any one—past, present, and future #SAGrad peeps who want to learn and grow together.
Please join the dialogue.
6. BONUS REASON: I am the moderator.
And I still contribute!
BECAUSE I AM KING.
(Read as: Attention-seeking.)
End of list.
The Student Affairs Collective supports #SAGrad chat as an awesome resource for specifically SA grad students to talk about their unique needs and ideas. Plus, you can bet to see a lot of the #SAChat family over on #SAgrad as well! That’s double the family time!