Once again, a fall semester has commenced. As a grizzled student affairs veteran, with over 30 years under my belt, I have collected a trunk full of aphorisms, truisms, and advice over the years. These pithy maxims have served me well during the past few decades. I’ve gleaned them from conversations with friends, observing colleagues, and listening to my mom. They have helped me throughout my professional career and I’m always learning new ones. Have I depleted my inventory? Not by a long shot. But I believe this initial list will provide food for thought and guidance, especially for the new professionals in the field. Do you have something to add? Let me know. In no particular order:
- There are usually three sides to every story.
- Every professional or social gathering is a networking opportunity.
- Don’t be afraid to say no.
- Be nice to the IT staff and you will be rewarded.
- Always take time to write a handwritten note.
- Listen to what people have to say before you respond.
- Volunteer for campus committees.
- Always arrive at your destination on time.
- Evaluations are a two-way discussion.
- Be honest, true, and upfront with people.
- Get involved professionally—at the state, regional or national level.
- Become adept with social media. It is now, not the future.
- If you don’t know, ask.
- When leaving voice mail slow down as you give your phone number.
- Use your vacation days.
- In this field, patience really is a virtue.
- You will never be right all the time.
- Give credit where credit is due.
- Email does not have to be answered within 24 hours.
- When in positions of authority people will take shots at you.
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