Reflection on the Year

Posted by Avery (SDA) on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:18 PM PDT

The academic year is quickly coming to an end, which is serving as a great opportunity for reflection. A year ago, moving to Seattle to begin this new adventure of graduate school was an exciting prospect that I couldn’t yet fully imagine. Since then, I’ve become a member of the SU community, and started down the path of developing into a professional.

When I started the program, just 9 months ago, I thought my goal was to return to a boarding school, like the one I graduated from, as a residential life staff member. The Student Development Administration program has provided me with countless opportunities to explore myself, my interests, and the field of education which has brought me to the conclusion that I don’t know what my goal is anymore.

Through networking opportunities provided by faculty and staff members who have truly taken the time to get to know me, I’ve realized there are multiple ways to get to the same positions, many of which I didn’t even know existed. Through my graduate assistantship, I’m learning how to incorporate research, theory, and my identities directly into my work. Through internship experiences, I’m learning what I value and thrive on in a professional setting. Finally, through the great relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of within the SUSDA community, I’ve learned how to be vulnerable in order to let myself be supported and celebrated in ways that are lifegiving. My professional interests have shifted, but more importantly, I’ve had the opportunity and support to grow as a person in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I’ve become more confident in myself and the gifts I’ve been blessed with, I’ve learned to articulate my values, started to figure out how privileged I’ve been to navigate systems not designed for me and am learning how to advocate for those who don’t have a voice within those systems.

A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined I’d be the person I am today. And I can’t imagine who I’ll be a year from now, but I know it’ll be someone I’m proud to be. 

- Avery