Happiness/Success Photos (within the blog post)
As December begins, the year 2015 is coming to an end. The year 2015 holds a lot of personal memories of of joy, excitement, and change that made my experience within student affairs great. For this post, I wanted to share some of my moments and ideas with the 2015 theme of moments from each number of the year.
2- Goals for 2016
- Earn a full time job in student affairs
- Graduate with my master’s degree in organizational leadership and higher education
0- Worries for Next Year
In the upcoming year, there will be a lot of change as one journey ends and another begins. As I end my graduate experience, the moments, memories, and experiences that have shaped my story will always be part of my future path. Because I will have a lot on my plate — some planning for job searching, studying for my comprehensive exam, and reaching for a new list of ambitions for the year — 2016 already seems like a busy year. Even with changes that may seem scary, I am ready to walk into the new year with no significant doubts or fears about making this new year a success. After a great year, the final chapter to these experiences will shine a light toward new opportunities, experiences, and ambitions.
1- Proud Achievement from 2015
With all the amazing things that happened this year, it was hard to pick one achievement as the highlight of the year. Among various honors and accolades, one that I am very proud of is contributing to this amazing website. Being accepting as a writing team member for the Student Affairs Collective was one of the best moments from this year. I am thankful for the welcoming support and feedback from others in the field. Working with many talented student affairs representatives and peers makes the writing team a great opportunity for any graduate or professional member in the field. Since publishing my first blog post on the site, I have been amazed by the positive and intelligent community of student affairs representatives who write, share, and comment about their experiences. I hope to continue to have the honor of working for this site and creating more content to share for such an amazing group of people.
5- People Who Have Been Impactful This Year
My mother – for being a constant supporter and motivator in my life. From my great days to my difficult ones, she has always been one of the members of my team, and I am so thankful for her love and kindness.
My mentors – From our brief chats on the phone to memories of my high school and college experiences, I am so thankful to have a great group of people who inspire my professional path each day. This year would not be a success without these awesome people in my life and their influence toward reaching my goals.
My friends – For being motivators and great people in my life throughout this journey. Having a supportive group of people helped me develop into the person I am today. Even during days where the road to my goals seemed to face some turns, my groups of friends were always a kind and helpful part of my support team. My friend groups will always follow my path to success and become a larger part of my story.
My Resident Assistant Staff – For making my job and graduate experience fun and exciting. Working with four amazing undergraduate leaders is a great experience that I am thankful to have as a graduate residence director. I am looking forward to more great moments and memories working with my “Geeraffe” team.
My Student Affairs Experience – Each day I am thankful to work in this field and play a role in student success. Student affairs will always serve as a great career path in life that allows people to make a difference to others.
What’s your 2015 story and how do you plan to make 2016 a great chapter?
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”-Oprah
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Podcast With Marsha Herman-Betzen on A Story of a Life in SA