As I am completing my fourth month as a new professional / graduate student, I can’t help but think about what else I can do to impact the community that is Western Kentucky University (WKU). Growing up, I felt that the purpose in life was to get a job and work, however, recently I have been asking myself “How can I be more than just a student affairs professional?” “How can I make an impact here at WKU aside from just going to class and doing the basics of my job?”
Although I am volunteering my time by getting involved in other areas such serving on the conference staff for a upcoming regional conference in 2018 or serving on multiple committees and although I feel I contribute a lot to conversations in my graduate level classes, I still think there is more that I need to be doing.
Being at an institution that allows so much autonomy, I feel that I should be doing more. It’s not everyday that a black, first-generation, LGBT male gets the opportunity to be in this position. To me, its not enough to be in a role and do my job correctly. It’s not enough to work with students that are from the same demographics as myself. If I really want to make an impact here at WKU, I need to do more.
As I was getting to know my colleagues in housing whom have been here for a while, hearing about what they are doing / have done here at Western really has me inspired. I know that I cannot do this just by sitting here. I HAVE to take action. Although I am afraid to fail, I have to take the risk. If there is anything that I have learned from the 24 years of my life, the worst that can happen is that someone will say no or that things will not work out exactly the way that we plan, but you are a failure when you don’t even try.
How do impact your campus as a student affairs professional?
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