It's no secret that working in any helping profession, such as higher education, can be exhausting work. Working with a diverse student body, with all of the modern challenges that exist in our society, is emotionally draining. It is not at all uncommon to work long hours, to answer emails from home and to stay... Continue Reading →
A recent Facebook post reminded me of a pivotal moment during my time as a graduate assistant, earning my master's degree in higher education. I worked 20 hours in the dean's office, specifically helping students with disabilities get their proper accommodations. The work was draining, to say the least. A fellow classmate, who was completing her doc program, walked by. What started as a quick "hello", turned into a deep, half hour conversation about our work that ultimately culminated in her telling me this: You're not that important.
That right there, that's me. With the short hair, the brightly colored tattoos and the two nose piercings. My nose piercings are always in. My tattoos only hidden during the colder months when the temperatures are too frigid for short sleeves. This is how I present myself every day, including when I'm at work, and... Continue Reading →
Before I say goodbye to 2019, I have to acknowledge everything I learned this year, working in higher education. I hope that my lessons will inspire you to reflect on your 2019 and, as always, please share your thoughts in the comments.
We have reached the final moments of 2019 and I am in the midst of reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the next. 2019 was a rollercoaster of good experiences and not so good ones. I learned from them all and wouldn’t take back any of it. With the help of YearCompass... Continue Reading →
As a woman, I have always had a very adversarial relationship with apologies. As a young girl I suffered, as most young girls do, from an inability to stop apologizing for everything. It got to the point that I felt the need to apologize for simply existing in the physical world. I remember all too... Continue Reading →
I'm not a big coffee drinker but even when I do indulge in the occasional Peppermint Mocha, it does not alleviate the mental, emotional and physical fatigue. I rarely ever dread coming to work. Quite the opposite actually as I love my job and usually look forward to a new day. However, lately, as soon... Continue Reading →
I'm tired, friends! And I think I know why. Check back on Sunday to read about 4 very valid reasons you might be tired too at this time in the semester.
I've been blogging for over a month now. This may not seem like a particularly big feat, but considering that I rarely stick to anything, this is a pretty big deal! I've learned quite a bit over this short period of time, namely, what I enjoy writing about. As such, I will be switching gears... Continue Reading →