It is almost November, drawing closer to the mid-point of this fellowship, and we are in the thick of Fall semester. As you can imagine, things have been pretty busy on campus. Danielle, Kristen, and I work in the Student Professional Development Center, the Porter Family Professional Development Center, and the Global Education Center to ensure that we reach a wide range of students. Between attending meetings, planning programs, assisting with office wide events, teaching Transition Strategies courses, taking student appointments, and giving presentations, our calendars stay full.
This fellowship has quickly taught me that if there is one characteristic that is necessary for success, it is the ability to be flexible. Appointments are rescheduled, meetings run late, presentations pop up at the last minute, students need the few minutes of free time you have on your schedule and I have come to LOVE the challenge of it all!
If you know me at all, then you know I like making plans. I love my color-coded schedule and I wouldn’t survive without it. My Myers-Briggs type is ISFJ and my appreciation for all things planned, structured, and scheduled can be attributed to the “J,” which stands for judging. But, we’ve learned that our Myers-Briggs results only mean that we have a preference for that type. In other words, we lean towards the other type in certain situations. This fellowship has taught me and continues to teach me the importance of adaptability and flexibility.
In my opinion, the importance of flexibility and adaptability is consistent in any position, industry, or field you are a part of or will one day be a part of. Just this week, a colleague in our office had to take some time away. As a result, Danielle had to unexpectedly take a trip to a conference with students. I’ve covered numerous student appointments, and Kristen volunteered for drop-in hours. We are a team and we are flexible enough to cover things as needed. This is what contributes to our success as an office. We do what we have to do to ensure we meet the needs of our students because they are a priority.
I have learned to embrace the changes, interruptions, and last minute switch ups and I encourage you to do the same! Sometimes those moments unexpectedly make up the most meaningful part of your day!