Since I decided that Student Affairs is something that I want to do I realized that on my campus I have the opportunity for a LOT of mentors. From my work with Housing and Orientation nearly every supervisor I have had has the degree that I am trying to get.
That opportunity is a blessing that many people do not have. I’m lucky to have so many people in my corner, there to challenge and support me. Especially the challenge part.
Last night I was able to speak with two of my mentors before a campus event and they asked for an update on my grad school progress. I gave them a run down about the GRE and my school choices, then I happened to mention that I want to be done with my personal statement by the end of the month.
Immediately, one of them asked, “So on Oct 28th I’ll have your personal statement in my email?” I stuttered a yes then she said, “Ok so if I don’t have it in my email by the 28th don’t act brand new if I ask you for it.”
That is the kick in the behind I needed. To know someone cares enough to be on your case but also is not there for your excuses challenges me in the way I need. The last thing I want to do is disappoint all of these people I look up to, especially if I hope to be their colleagues one day.
To say all of that, my biggest advice for those trying to get into this Student Affairs world would be to find more than one mentor. Make sure at least one of them is willing to give you the challenge that you need.
Until next time,