New days in a new department

 For the most part, I'm a people person. I may joke about not liking people occasionally because they have feelings or act in a less than intelligent manner, but overall I enjoy my time in the presence of others.

However, some days you just need to take some space away from people who want to interact with you to reflect or think or write or work or simply relax. And today is simply one of those days, which has resulted in me camping out in a local coffee shop with my headphones in, a to-do list to work on, and a good book to read (And if I'm feeling extra adventurous maybe I'll even write some slam poetry - who knows, the possibilities are endless here!). Taking this time to focus on myself means I get to do some needed self reflection, which never hurts.

Today was the first day of headstaff training! It was a fairly basic, slow paced day. We discussed what training would look like and went through an overview of the department and how to best handle the transition to Florida State. Being the type-A person that I am, even this relaxed, beginning session was great. Finally having a schedule in my hands that outlines when and where I need to be these next few weeks has taken away a great deal of the anxiety I've felt since prepping for and transitioning into making FSU my new home. But now that I've put dates and times into my wonderful planner (aka my best friend and life partner) I can simply sit back, relax, and hopefully enjoy everything that I learn from these new and wonderful professionals I'll have the opportunity to work with these next two years.

This morning made me really hopeful and excited for what's to come. I know that there are going to be a great number of challenges that I'll have to face, both professionally and personally. However, I know I'm going to have the opportunity to learn a number of new things, which is something I've always enjoyed doing. I'm also incredibly excited for the people I'm going to meet. Everyone brings something different to the table, and having the number of people here that I do that I can learn from is wonderful. I'm excited to hopefully find some new mentors, to find people that are inspiring and encouraging, and to help others learn while also learning things myself. So far (though I will admit that it's incredibly early on in the game), it looks like I'll be able to get all of that and more.

All in all, today was a really great day. Can't ask for much more than that.

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.