The Student Affairs New Professional

Friday, March 23, 2007

Learning To Fly - Post 19

Quote of the Day:
"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
-Michael Althsuler

It's crazy how fast this year has gone by. At the same time, i feel like I've been at my current institution forever. But then again, can you believe that the academic school year is soon coming to an end?

Last week was our Spring Break. Now that we're back, it's been all about planning out the rest of the semester, making sure we end strong and preparing for next year, from getting the newly hired RAs ready for the position to coming up with some plans for my new building and living learning community to putting together training presentations for Fall Training. And then of course we're busy now with interviewing candidates for our full-time positions. Yeah, it's funny thinking back to when I was a candidate (okay, that just sounded like I'm 60 and remembering my chilhood)...but seriously, sometimes I still have to remind myself that I'm an "adult now" and here I am having worked in a full-time position for almost an entire year.

I won't be a "new" staff member anymore next year. There's a lot of turnover in our department this year and scaringly enough, I'll be one of a small number of "experienced returners." Crazy, huh? I'll be presenting a significant number of training presentations. And I was thinking the other day that I should make sure that I reach out to those new staff members and help them in their transition to our institution and this position. Because I really appreciated when staff members did that.

Time really flies...
I know my quote of the day says that the good news is that "you're the pilot." I don't know if I always feel like that. Sometimes it's like you're just trying to catch up with what's happened. Like the fact that I'm an "adult" now. Haha...I guess I'm just stuck on that today. I was talking to one of my RAs and she was telling me how she can't believe that she'll be a senior next year. She's turning 21 this year and she said, she just feels old. Which was kind of funny...and then made me think about when I turned 21 and how long ago that was and then I felt really old. I think sometimes, being surrounded by first-year students and a few upperclassmen just makes you feel really really old...even though I'm the youngest person on our full-time staff.

Okay, enough rambling for today. It's time to sit back and relax and watch some brainless TV. ;)