Not the song, but, do you remember when you decided you were going to go to college?
I was in a division wide professional development session today. We had this great presenter talking with us about how the academic side of the house at IUPUI has been helping students to develop electronic personal development plans (a really cool thing that I will write much more about later). At one point she encouraged us to think about when we made the decision to go to college.
I hardly remember this choice – mainly because I think I came from one of those backgrounds of privilege, where it was assumed that I would attend college.
I often find myself thinking hard about how to connect with some of the students around me who are first generation college students. I make sure I am being purposeful in my interaction & encouraging these students to achieve the best possible things for them – (whatever that ideal concept of success is for them). I also remind myself that these students are driven and on a mission – sometimes they might have lots of questions about how to get what they want – while other times they may have no questions & already have everything all figured out.
Either way, my job as a professional, is to connect with them on their level & encourage.
What about for you? When did you decide to go to college? Do you remember the decision? How does that impact your work on a daily basis?
Please feel free to comment below! I would love to hear your story– then feel free to pass this post on to other folks who you’d like to encourage them to share!