I recently participated in a #SAchat conversation that discussed whether or not we as SA professionals take work home with us or not. What a great prompt, because I struggle with this a lot, not so much from the physical work aspect, but more from a mental/psychological level. I tend to usually take work home with me that I consider unfinished, or work in which I felt I did not carry out appropriately or enough. Sometimes, if I feel that the programming I ran and facilitated was weak, I will take that burden home with me, which is what I consider taking work home with me. I tend to have thoughts of how I could have carried out a program better, or interacted with my student better in facilitating a crisis or something happening in the dorm, etc. I think the hardest part about being an #SApro is the fact that we love to work with students so much and we want the best for them, and sometimes, when we don’t have the best results, we rest on that. I know I do for sure!
Secondly, in this #SAchat, we came across discussing an idea that I think should be discussed more, especially in the field of higher education. I believe that whichever institution we work for, we are representing that institution both physically inside the school, and outside campus, both in our working and personal lives. When I am out of town, or even on a smaller scale, when I am off of work for the day, I am still representing the the institution I work for. I also believe, and especially in student affairs, while we do need our time off and we absolutely need time for self-care, we do not ever stop working for our institution. In my mind, working for a school of higher education means representing that school both on and off campus, on and off shift. Whether or not we have explicitly set hours, we still are a piece of what makes the school run. We are part of the reputation that the school is upholding. If we make a mistake, that is not only a reflection of ourselves on a personal level, but also the job/position we hold and more obvious than that, the institution we work for.
I learned a lot during this #SAchat. I continue to learn everyday how #SApros around the world work to make the lives of their students better. Whether it’s as small as a “hey what’s up!” or even a life-changing career decision, we are absolutely with our students during these life moments, and we are the ones that are the core of student support on campus. Let’s continue representing our respective institutions to the best we can.
Wow, I love Higher Ed so much. Can you tell?
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