Category : Student Affairs

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of my colleagues in higher education. I love the fact that we get to start our new year in August/September — 1. Because we’re a special population who say Happy New Year 2. We get a whole new cycle of students which always pushes our field to be better than

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The Emily Post Guide to Executive Presence

Executive Presence. Those two words alone had me intrigued and so I decided borrow this book from my library. I read Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s first book: Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor, and enjoyed reading about the new trend in building your awesomeness. Executive Presence begins like her previous book. Hewlett focuses on her own

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Student Affairs Stagnation Nation…2 years later

Are we still stagnant in Student Affairs? A few years ago, I wrote this blog post based on my talk at Boston University’s Confab (2012): Student Affairs Stagnation Nation After attending my first student affairs conference in several years, I’ve been thinking a lot about this talk and I wanted to revisit some of the

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Transparency

Special shout-out to Melissa Robertson for inspiring this post. You can follow her at @melpels on Twitter. Transparency is a beautiful thing: it allows people to understand what they are getting into and what is expected of them. I constantly tell people that I don’t live on island passiva aggressiva and that if you ask

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Arrogance of the Young

Working with graduate students is a great opportunity to mold and nurture some truly outstanding future professionals in higher ed and student affairs.  Graduate students often bring a lot of good, tangible skills to the table, along with good energy and the ability to do good work in and out of the classroom. While there

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Confessions

These are my confessions Just when I thought I said all I can say (Confessions Part 2, Usher) When a person speaks their own confessions, they bring to the table a great sense of vulnerability and authenticity. As a kid, I went to confession. I told the priest anything I had done wrong over the

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ASB – Goshen, IN

I’ll have to admit: when I first signed up to be a chaperone for Alternative Spring Break, I really had no idea what I would be getting myself into. I read about the different work sites and attended the pre-trip planning meetings. At one point I thought: Am I ready for this?  My role as chaperone was to

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Making RA dreams come true

RA selection is probably one of my favorite times of year – it gives me the great opportunity to interview and hire student leaders that will help make a great impact on the students who live in my building in the upcoming academic year. In residence life at Boston University, we are in the thick

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Springing into Self-Esteem

At the end of every fall semester, I like to take some time out of my staff meetings with my RAs to reflect on how the semester went for them.  Every time I do this activity, I really enjoy the process that each of my RAs go through and watching them grow from the moment

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