So, we’ve all been asked the question — what exactly do you do? I don’t know about you, but explaining what we do in student affairs can be super awkward. While our titles might say one thing, folks outside our industry might see us as babysitters, party planners, or even glorified grocery shoppers. But your job is so much more than that.
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Meg Sunga: So, we’ve all been asked the question, “what exactly do you do?” I don’t know about you, but explaining what we do in student affairs can be super awkward. While our titles might say one thing, folks outside of our industry might see us as babysitters, party planners, or even glorified grocery shoppers. It’s kind of like that meme. You know, the one depicting what your friends and family think you do versus what you really do. But you know as well as I: As student affairs professionals, we do so much more than that.
Ashley Gaddy: They come into my office with an issue. They’re, they’re frustrated with whatever the case may be. First of all, I literally tell them “go off!” My office is the best space. Scream, yell, cry, whatever it is that you need. Because one thing I think that we’re not doing in higher ed, is we’re not allowing space for the emotional release.
Meg Sunga: Sometimes we can’t always plan ahead in our jobs, so we just have to go with the flow.
Edna Dominguez: We have to be flexible and help that person. Kind of hold them up, make that accommodation — not just the things that are called for legally, but the things are just the right thing to do, the ethical thing to do, the caring, the nurturing thing to do.
Meg Sunga: Sometimes our jobs can be really tough.
A.J. Guedouar: Ultimately just feeling like everything was so far out of your control, and something so severe and of such magnitude had happened and you’re just there and there’s, there’s no training that can prepare you for that. There was really no question in my mind that I didn’t want to do this anymore.
Meg Sunga: But, every now and then you get that feeling. You know the one!
Tara Strong: I feel like I live for that look. Like when that look happens, I’m like “yes!” And it’s like there are some students that take a very long time to get them to get that look, but when they get it you’re like, “boom, I’m done for the day. I’m going to Starbucks. I met my quota.”
Meg Sunga: Delivered to you by Presence, the higher ed tech company that’s here to make your job easier. This is Will There Be Food?, the student affairs podcast that — like your job — is so much more than free pizza. Starting September 10th, tune in each week as we get to explore a new topic in higher ed with humans in the industry.