By Career Advising Fellow, Danielle Golinski
It’s official! I have successfully surpassed my 100th tracked student appointment of my fellowship! Of course, this is a rough guesstimation as I have met with students in drop-ins, on the fly around campus, or presented to during the numerous classroom and organization presentations I have given. What a wonderful feeling it is. I knew that I would reach this point when I started my fellowship in July, but I would have no idea on what to expect between student appointment #1 and #100. Every single student at Elon continues to surprise and impress me with their engagements, passions, and sense of self and community. I have yet to experience tears during an appointment (I bet it’s just a matter of time), but I have seen light bulbs go off, choices decided, and internships applied to. I have had heart-to-hearts, shared personal experiences and journeys, and have experimented with various advising approaches. Not only am I using the first 100 student appointments to encourage students to develop themselves, I am also using the opportunities to discover and develop myself further as well. That is why I accepted the position to become a fellow, and that is why I wake up every morning with passion and zest, and stride into the Student Professional Development Center with confidence. There are days where I feel uncomfortable, anxious and unsure about how the day will go or what a presentation will turn out like, but that all supports me in my professional development.
The best moments so far of my fellowship occur when I meet with a student and I see them on my schedule again in another week or two. To me, it is a little gesture to show that they enjoyed their time speaking with me, that I was helpful, or (maybe even throwing in an ‘and’ into this sentence) that they want their resume looked over again for the next internship they are applying for. I’ll take one, or I’ll take all three!
The past three months of this fellowship can be wrapped up into these lyrics by one of my favorite country artists Keith Urban:
“Days go by
I can feel ’em flying
Like a hand out the window in the wind as the cars go by
It’s all we’ve been given
So you better start livin’ right now
‘Cause days go by”
Here’s to the first 100 appointments, and here’s to many, many more to come. I wonder how many individualized student appointments I’ll reach over the course of the school year. 300? 400? I guess time (and CSO – our computerized software system) will tell!