Happy #CSAM20!

Wow…it’s October already!

Actually its the END of October already!

I’ve been working remotely for 7 1/2 months and in my new position for 3 months and 1 week!

But what would October be without the traditional shoutout to my friends, co-workers and colleagues:

Happy Careers in Student Affairs Month!

This year has been a hard year for everyone around the globe. And our field was no exception. Furloughs, layoffs, reassignments, budget cuts, larger workloads, an increase in criticism, and more has plagued our field.

Traditionally I would highlight a couple of people in my professional life and give them accolades. But after the year we’ve all endured, we all deserve accolades. From faculty to staff, academic to student affairs, landscaping to clerical, we all should get props. None of us have been perfect at navigating this. But we’ve all tried to do our best. So in these final days of CSAM, I encourage you to say thank you to each other and yourself for the work done, the learning that’s occurred and the tireless nights of reimagining, pivoting and enduring.

Need some ideas? Of course my activities side come out 🙂 Below are some ideas from free to some cost so hopefully you are able to find something you could do 🙂

  1. Send a card in the mail
  2. Have sweets and/or snacks delivered to those working on your campus
  3. Say thank you to campus staff and faculty on social media platforms
  4. Email out a thank you
  5. Do a random act of kindness for someone in appreciation of their work
  6. Send a gift card
  7. Have some flowers delivered for those areas who are still needing to be on campus
  8. Chalk out a thank you on the sidewalk
  9. Draw a picture of thank you and share it out
  10. Buy a virtual conference registration for someone as a thank you (all the conferences are SUPER affordable this year!)
  11. Have a lunch delivered to staff working on campus
  12. Make a sign of appreciation and post it on campus on a bulletin board or digital screen
  13. Give some shoutouts on your social media posts

So take a minutes in these last few days to appreciate your fellow SAPros as we start to enter the final months of a trying 2020.

And in a more community celebration, here are a few photos of just a few of the people I appreciate in the field:

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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