It has been an exciting time since the last update of my #OneWord2013. For those unfamiliar, I have been taking the time to focus on my one word, which is "Me." It is not meant to be selfish or arrogant, but rather the opposite. I do a lot, some say too much, and I often forget about the most important person, me. I would take this year to focus on making sure that I am taking care of myself.
Back to the excitement that has been this month. I finished my final two classes of my Master's Degree. Saturday, June 29th, marked the graduation ceremony for summer graduates, which would include me, but I chose not to walk this time. I did this primarily because my other exciting news being that I accepted my first full time position that starts on July 1.
I am still at Western Michigan University. I am a Digital Identity Development Specialist with two departments in the College of Education and Human Development. In a nutshell, I am going to be spending the next year developing "Individualized Development Plans" for the Educational Leadership Research & Technology (home to my Master's) and the Teaching Learning & Educational Studies (home of my Bachelor's) departments. These plans will be a strategic plan to use social media within the department. To be effective at a department level, training with faculty and staff will occur. I hope to be at a point where I can also work with students to communicate how they may develop their online presence as well. If that wasn't enough, that is half of the position's responsibilities. The position also serves half time as an academic advisor with the College of Education and Human Development.
This is in my mind a perfect position aligning my personal and, more importantly, my professional goals. I am very excited for my future. I am also very excited for this site as I will have more and more to write in relation to social media and other technology.
Have you thought about your #OneWord2013 lately? How are you doing? Comment below with your one word and a little update. I would love to hear the success you are having! Thanks for reading and supporting my endeavors.
It has been a little over 3 months since I decided on my word to focus on for the year. I feel like it is time to do an update.
So what is new with "Me"
Well first is that I created this website as my professional site and official home for my blog, "Living in Student Affairs." I enjoyed using wordpress.com, but I want everything to be in a centralized home. Once I am employed as a staff member and have a little extra cash, this will become my domain.
I am finishing up school. This semester has been a joy and I have learned quite a bit. I continue to redefine my view on what it means to incorporate technology into higher education. I have learned quite a bit about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and passed the Mentoring and Advising Program with Gallup. I am beyond excited to continue my work with strengths at my internship with the Office of Student Strengths Development at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
With my #SAfit campaign, I pledged to do a better job of getting sleep and being mindful of what I consume. I am proud to say that I am doing a much better job at getting a full night's sleep, which has reduced my caffeine intake. Next steps will be to figure out how to put more exercise into the routine, which is difficult due to how random my days and weeks are as a graduate student.
I just finished up the 2nd Annual Michigan Industry Road Trip, which is the largest project of my work in Career Services. I am beyond pleased with the level of professionalism, humor, and learning that took place this past week with the 17 students that went on this year's trip. A future post will be in the works to talk about the way we used twitter on the trip.
What is next for "me"?
There is a lot coming my way. This semester is coming to a fast end, which has several papers and projects. I am doing a research paper with a colleague that combines the two different classes we are taking. I now have time to really focus on the job search. By the next update on "Me" I hope to have news about my future in terms of a job and that I graduated with my Master's degree.
That is all for now! Thanks for reading. If you have a #oneword2013, please comment below and share an update on your year!