Fast Cars and Freedom

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

College students think they are the center of the universe. 

To be fair, when I was in college, Homecoming and Baylor Leadership Council and Diadeloso actually were the most important things in the world, but that's beside the point. 

I've worked with all types of schools and students.  Rich students and poor students.  Pretty students and plain students.  Well-educated students and unable-to-read students.  Young students and old students.  Globe-traveling students and never-left-home students.  I really do love them all, but sometimes they make me crazy.

We have a lot of "bless their hearts" moments in student affairs.  For those of you who aren't from the south, that's a really sweet, Christian way of saying, "you are ridiculous, but nice job for trying."

A few examples...

Student recently wanted to drop my eight-week class seven and a half weeks into it, because he wasn't happy with his grade.  Bless his heart.

Man wanted to know why he was feeling tension among the group.  Dude, when you just don't show up for stated leadership responsibilities for multiple days in a row and don't let anyone know, tension is bound to occur.  Bless his heart.

Girl can't for the life of her understand why her pen pal boyfriend halfway across the globe hasn't written back in months.  Should she send him a care package?  Bless her sweet, clueless little heart.

And then there's my personal favorite...

Girl lists "not get pregnant" as one of her top five goals for the next five years.  To her credit, I did not define what the goals should be about.  Got to give her points for having a goal.  But bless her heart. 

Unless you work in student affairs, chances are you don't really understand what we do.  There's kind of an informal support group among us.  Everyone's loved ones know we do something at a college, but that's about it.  The formal version is something about challenge and support, and giving the right student the right balance at the right time.  Throw in a few student development theories and that about covers it.  Most days, it's more like being a motivational speaker or a coach.  I do a lot of "you can do anything you set your mind to" and "if you can believe it, you can achieve it" mixed in with "what the ______ were you thinking?" and "you're selling yourself short and it's time to stop" speeches. 

Seriously, never a dull moment around here.  Just days that make me long for dull moments...

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