So thanks to some recent work, I was reminded of this very important idea.
Many of us involved in Higher Education are here because of our involvement in undergrad. We worked with orientation and housing and Greek life. We were best friends with the advisors, directors, and VPs. Our names were known in some part of campus. In short, we were involved and we loved it.
So then why does it happen that we get to grad school and that stops? I went from serving in several different capacities, roles, and organizations to being a graduate student…I worked in an office and went to class.
Ok, if I am entirely fair, assistantships come with a lot of work. There is a lot more to doing that than just sitting in an office, though that is certainly a busy part of it. Add in the program requirements like internships and theses and it seems a bit more reasonable to stop being involved outside of those things.
But why should we let go of that thing, that awesome element that made us such standouts? Here we recently reorganized and revitalized our Higher Education Student Association (HESA). I was very lucky to have had some incredible people support me with it thus far and will be even luckier in the future to have an amazing and ambitious executive board. This has given me a great way and reason to stay involved, but that isn’t all. I was lucky enough to be a part of an international Fraternity and have remained active with them in every way I can. I love being involved and working with people on things.
Ultimately, stay involved. I forgot that and HESA and the members of my cohort have helped me to remember the importance of all that.