From Cape Coral to Tallahassee: A fresh start

This past Tuesday I started my journey at FSU! I am pursuing my Masters in Higher Education Administration while working as an Assistant Coordinator for University Housing. After a seven hour-long trip on Tuesday I finally reached my new home, and to say it's amazing would be a severe understatement.

The Housing Head Staff has been so wonderful and welcoming. Everyone is incredibly genuine and helpful, and they have all done their best to ensure that us new folks are happy and comfortable in our new homes while letting us know that we can come to them with questions about anything that comes to mind.

I'm sure over the next two years there will be many posts about my job, some raving about how much I'm in love with it while I'm sure there will also be others that consist of my tears and cries for my bed at home complete with the company of my parents and my puppy and being far, FAR away from the students I'm working with. Because I'm sure that these posts will follow, that's not what I want to write about today.

For the past few months I have been so focused on getting to this point, and now that I'm here I've been able to reflect on where I'm at now and really think about what I want to accomplish. If my life was an English paper, I've had time to come up with the "So what?" that will support every example and occurrence that will follow (This is for you, K. Huney, Bek Bek Sauls and Dr. Buck, not that you'll ever read this. I learned my lessons well!).

I'm following this career because it's one of my passions. As a college student I was that RA that truly did buy in to the idea that Residence Life offices and their employees truly can make a difference in the lives of the students who decide to make their campuses their homes. I bought into this idea because I saw it happen not only in my life but in the lives of the students that I was blessed with the opportunity to work with. Because of this proof, because I've seen it work, I've decided to dedicate my energy to students who are trying to better themselves and to gain experiences that will help make their lives not only more profitable, but more enjoyable. Yes, I will become jaded at times from the demands of this field. I'm not so delusional or naive as to believe otherwise. My views on this field will change as I gain my education and begin to learn the theories and concepts behind everything that is Student Affairs. I'll learn why this is such an effective and impactful career.

With that being said, Residence Life is not my only passion. I'm incredibly dedicated to human rights and equalities, especially women's rights. I think that those of us with a voice who are in a position to use it should in honor of and for those who can't use their own. I'm a feminist who demands to be heard, and I'm a humanitarian to the core. I'm not happy unless I'm helping others reach for and achieve their own happiness. I'm also insanely passionate about my faith, now that I've found it. Coming into my faith so late in life has shown me how truly important it is, and now that I have it I hope to never lose it again. I'm also still passionate about literature and writing. I think these things are so important because it's only through words that we can truly understand one another and express ourselves to our fullest abilities.

Essentially, I'm using this post as a public reminder (or proclamation?) to not let my work and new school overcome everything else in life. "Work/life balance" and all that.  I'm promising myself to still pursue my other passions. I intend to check out (and hopefully become involved with) the Wesley Foundation here on campus, rooting my faith and humanitarian efforts soundly and securely in my new home. I intend to pick up creative writing again now that I've finally found myself able to start putting words on paper again. I intend to check out any women's advocacy or feminist groups in the area. I want to make this place my home for the next two years, and that means being fully comfortable and able to be myself.

I'm so excited for this new chapter of my life, and intend to enjoy it as fully as I possibly can.