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.