Sorry it has been so long! I have been drowning in graduate work and assistantship, but I finally had a little time to write about something that I absolutely love…professional development.
As student affairs professionals we are always looking for ways to better ourselves for our students and as a new professional there is plenty of time to do just that….professional development as a new professional in graduate school is another story. Between classes, papers, assistantships, internships, and everyday life how can a busy graduate student fit in good professional development?
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In Student Affairs, I feel as if we are always taught to expand and push ourselves to grow as professionals. There are so many different work styles, personalities, and strengths within one department and to be successful we need to adapt our style with others. For me, when it comes to work my personality and style requires and uses more structure. You can see come out when I am given a project or task to work on. As for others I have worked with they just require the basics and can go on with little to more structure or direction.
For my personal development, I wanted to use my work in my ACUHO-i internship this summer to be more flexible and work with less structure. My task, along with another intern, was to plan a leadership conference for new incoming students. While I finish up my last few weeks, I have found that I can indeed work with less structure. At the same time I learned that it is important to speak up for your needs and for me that meant getting the structure when I needed it.
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