Ideals and Values
Duty to Professional & Personal Development
Professional development incorporates different types of facilitated learning opportunities. These range from informal conversations with colleagues, families, and friends, to college degrees, coursework, conferences, and work experience. All of these come together to shape our sense of professional persona. As we mature as professionals we also mature and develop on more personal levels, whether it'd be with family, friends, colleagues, mentors, and/or spouses. By constantly applying our experience to these ideals we are then able to focus and aid individuals in their journey of self-fulfillment and growth. This is why I see the duty to professional & personal development as an ideal that is crucial and important.
Duty to Society
Society is set on a fragile-unstable balance beam that is constantly changing. With change comes adaptability. I believe that to have a duty to our society means to encourage members that identify with specific communities to educate themselves and expand their knowledge into other groups, cultures, and backgrounds to be able to positively change and break stereotypes. I believe that everyone should foster his or her own sense of duty to society to be able to become as diverse and culturally aware as possible. By doing so, we will be able to put ourselves in any environment whilst growing both professionally and personally in hopes that we will take every experience with us to educate others.
Duty to the Positive Change our Future
Above you will notice an array of words. These words do not only describe leaders but they also hold the key to a positive future. In my eyes, they go hand-in-hand because positive leaders, inclusive leaders, and diverse leaders are those individuals that through their small acts are making the necessary steps to positively impact our future. To have a sense of duty to positively changing our future is to consciously make an effort to guide younger generations, colleagues, peers, students, and mentees towards the path of change and inclusivity. In my eyes, a spark is just enough to light a flame in the heart of a person. A great man once told me, “someone is always watching and listening, even when you don’t think they are.” We must understand that our actions and words are important and we must strive to make sure the what we teach unto others coincides with our actions and beliefs; remember, if we do not believe it ourselves, how will we make others believe in what we say?
Those who know me could tell you that I am someone who is utterly passionate and dedicated to allowing myself to seek out areas of personal growth. I then take those areas of improvement and actively change characteristics or issues to ensure positive change has happened. I live by two ideals that in order to become a positive outlet for change and a positive resource for others we must always strive to push the envelope appropriately as well as challenge the status quo. By doing these two things we serve as ambassadors to serving ourselves as educated professionals. By doing this we serve our community and its individual members. It is important to serve to make our world a more inclusive place where differences are encouraged and celebrated. I strongly believe the field of Student Affairs could offer me a foundation to allow myself to do all of these things. Most importantly, Student Affairs will allow me to be an active supporter and resource to the students I encounter daily. Student Affairs professionals have the unique opportunity to be leaders and activists for growth by providing a space where students can come together for a common purpose. It is in this way that students both individually and collectively make positive change in their personal and professional lives. Professionals within the field of Student Affairs work tirelessly in the hopes of leaving a positive lasting effect on the campus and its students. I cannot wait to see where this field takes me and I am proud to say I am absolutely eager to begin this new journey in my life.