Give More Than You Take

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After much needed self-reflection, I’ve realized that something’s been missing from my life: Giving.  This realization came to me while listening to Tony Doody’s #Student Affairs Live Episode on Sponsorship, featuring Teri Bump, Zeb Davenport, and David Jones AND by following the backchannel from NYIT’s conversation about Sponsorship. While I believe that anyone can be a sponsor the point that truly resonated with me is that part of getting noticed by a potential sponsor is that you should strive to give more than you take.. how are you contributing to the greater cause that surrounds you?

Giving is a self-less act. When looking at it from a philanthropic standpoint, people give because #1. they can and #2. because it makes them feel good about themselves. So when I think about it– for me, I really haven’t given much within the past 6 or so months. I’ve been focusing on training for the NYC Marathon, and yes, I had to fundraise a ton of money for a cause — so yes, my time has been slim, but there should always be some way for me to give, despite my longer term commitments. I’ve compiled a list of things that I can do, just because I know with my knowledge and input, I could be giving a lot more to my field and the people who are my colleagues and friends.

1. Blog more: before the 2 I posted this week, I hadn’t blogged for a month. This is the easiest way for me to give back to the field, sharing my insights in more than a micro-blogging 140 characters.

2. Professional Orgs: I finally renewed my memberships to ACPA and NASPA. I also finally got an ACUHOI username and login under my institutional account. For ACPA, I went out on a limb and applied to be a trustee associate. While I work in residence life, being a trustee associate will help me gain experience as part of a foundation and fundraising, which will benefit bot me and my organization. As far as NASPA, I will try to submit a proposal or two (if anyone wants to join) for the NASPA Conference for fundraising professionals. I will be active in list-servs, knowledge communities, and standing committees. I know I have a lot to give in different areas in this field, so these are great ways to do so in a different venue.

3. Adopt-A-Grad program: Since I do not have the opportunity to supervise any graduate students, I am going to take the opportunity to meet with the HESA grad students and talk to them about whatever they want. I think this is a great way to connect with a new generation of professionals and help them gain insight onto the profession. I will also try to help them as much as possible.

These are just a few things that I can do to help give back to my profession. They’re things that I know I can do to help guide student affairs in the right direction. I know opportunities pop up every day, so there’s really much more out there. I hope to put the taking aside and to be there for those who need my assistance.

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