Give More Than You Take


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.

Leave a Reply

October 2014
« Sep   Nov »

Like what you see? Subscribe!

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 2,017 other subscribers

Here’s what I’m reading on GoodReads!

%d bloggers like this: