It might be cliche (okay, it definitely is cliche) to write resolutions for a new year. However, as I begin my second semester in graduate school, I’ve had a chance to reflect on what worked well, what crashed and burned, and all the in-between goodness I experienced over the past three months. With these events in my past and my first set of grades officially on my transcript, I present to you my second semester resolutions.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Just do it and do it well.
I’ve taken the time to learn the nitty gritty basics of my internship. I understand my study patterns and habits again after two years off from school. And, my palms have stopped sweating before each of my conduct meetings. The basic responsibilities in my roles as an intern and student haven’t changed, but this doesn’t mean it’s time to be complacent. Over the next three months, I want to embrace the comfort of these lessons and move past doing them to get them done into doing them well because I have the knowledge to execute them as close to perfect as I can get.
Don’t wait for opportunity to knock. Walk right up to it and politely introduce yourself.
After feeling like I needed to take a semester to adjust to grad school, I noticed the tunnel vision kicked in as I honed in on adjusting to my immediate responsibilities. I’ve never been one to sit patiently and wait for the stars and planets to align and present the perfect opportunity to me by plopping it in my lap. But this tunnel vision did not help motivate me to take advantage of all that grad school has to offer. With only three more months until the season of practicums, internships, and new experiences (aka summer), it’s time for me to actively advocate for my interests and create my own paths. If I learned anything these past three months, it’s that people in the Student Affairs and Higher Education community are ready and willing to help! All you have to do is ask.
Get that booty out of your five mile radius and explore!
Living in a small town is comfortable and cozy. Its charm is tangible, especially when it’s cold outside and a Harry Potter marathon is calling my name. However, I live an hour from Canada and I have a passport that just sits and stares at me on my desk.I may be a graduate student and a conduct intern, but I’m also a twenty-something without any obligations in my life right now besides school. Knowing the necessity of balancing my work, academic, and personal life, I want to spend my spare time building memories so when I leave this area, I can’t say I left any rock unturned.
This post is part of the Emerging SA Pro series following 4 awesome people: Aracelis, Emalie, Felicia, and Patrick, as they blog monthly about 1 year of their journey as either a new SA Pro or SA grad student. We are proud to help them share their stories as they break into our field.