What Is My Next Next?

Hello Readers!

Lately I have been involved in a mentoring program at WKU where I have been asked the following questions:

“What is your next next?” “What are you doing to prepare yourself for more than just now?”

For about two weeks now, I have really been thinking about this and to be honest, I’m not really sure which direction or path I want for my student affairs journey right now.

After being involved in housing for so many years, I know that I am hungry to learn about and get involved other areas that I have passion such as Greek Life, and Student Government.

When thinking about my “next next”, I often look at current job postings for mid-level and senior-level student affairs positions to get an idea of what qualifications I will need to attain the role.

At first I thought to myself “Why am I doing this now, I won’t be job searching for at least another two years?” But then I was thinking about my time in undergrad and high school and how things went a bit smoother because I took the extra time to think about those “next next” steps. I took the time to be a dreamer and think about the future rather than just worrying about the present.

Although I have thought about my next next several times, what has me puzzled is this question: How am I going to get there?

It’s easy for me to say that I want to be an Vice President of Student Affairs at a four-year institution, but when I think about HOW I’m going to get there, my mind is pretty blank. To be honest, I am kind of scared. Being the perfectionist that I am, the thought of not really knowing my next next steps really scares me. Looking at where I am right now, I know I have so much more to learn before I am ready for my “next next”.

I want to feel confident that I am working toward my goal and that my goal is actually attainable for me. I really want to make a difference in the lives of not just students that are from the same demographics myself but also other students that need support. I’m sure whatever my next next is, Coordinator, Assistant Director, Director. In Housing, Greek Life, Student Activities or even Study Abroad, I know I will go in the right direction to succeed in my goal.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Goal Setting: The Short Term & The Long Term

Hi Readers,

So the other day, I was explaining to a good friend of mine about the importance of setting goals and how setting a realistic short term and a realistic long term goal can really make the difference when you are feeling discouraged. When you feel like all odds are against you and you feel like you have no one to depend on but yourself.

The best way I have dealt with this is by setting myself a long term goal which will span out roughly 5 to 10 years, and a short-term goal that I can accomplish in weeks or months and continue setting several small goals until I reach my ultimate goal.

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I believe that having several small goals to accomplish as you grow closer to your long term goal helps an individual feel as they are on the right track to achieving success.

My short term goals involve securing a job (either full-time or a graduate assistantship), and getting into a graduate program to start in the Fall of 2017.

My long term goal is to obtain a position as the Vice President of Student Services / Student Affairs at a 4-year degree granting institution where I will be able to make a big impact for students in that community.

Despite the self-doubt that I have about my abilities, my goals are what keeps me going and what helps me to push through the tough times.

What are your goals? What steps will you take to achieve your long term goals and dreams?

Thanks for reading.