My Boost

Well, for those of us who had classes start at the end of August or beginning of September, we’ve made it through the first month!


But I’ll be honest, sometimes these long days and months can be exhausting. However, last night I was reminded of why I stay in this field, and why I do the work I do.

We held a great event last night. It had challenges and “opportunities” from the minute I and my student director walked into the venue. Being an event with celebrities and all that comes with that we were on the go from the very beginning. Much of it was out of our control and we could only do so much, however that does not mean the requests stopped.

In the midst of all the activity “opportunities” and challenges, I was reminded the power of Student Affairs work. The students stepped up and took what we’ve worked with them on and made the event an experieince. They were professional, on top of troubleshooting, and served up tons of DOSE (Delivering Outstanding Spartan Experiences).

To see how many of them have grown, even over the short 2 years I’ve been at MSU, warmed my heart and it refueled my spirit and energy for the rest of the event.

Now as you know I do coffee. Coffee and me, if legal, would be married. But despite the caffeine, the real boost of energy I need comes from my students. You know you’re in Student Affairs for the right reasons when student success gives you energy, goosebumps, and happy tears even during the biggest challenges and heartaches you encounter as #SAPros.

So shoutout to the Michigan State University University Activities Board Members who are rockstars and are the boost behind my drive to stay in the field and continue the work I do!

Until next time!

Peace, Love and Pandas!


Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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