Caps for Sale

Thursday, August 30, 2012

People.  You know that whole, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten business?  It's totally true.  It is not the smart sounding stuff I talk about at Columbia.  It's way more basic than that.

Now, you should know that Baby Sister teaches preschool in Kansas.  So children's books are a big deal in our family.  Plus, they're just way more fun than grown up books.  My two favorite children's books are Eloise and Caps for Sale.  If you don't know it, Eloise is the story of a little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  No wonder I was so obsessed.  But I absolutely love Caps for Sale.  Don't know the story?  Well, obviously you're probably at work wasting time, so here's a reading of the story to fill another six minutes of your day, complete with the funny voices.


Baby Sister's favorite book?  Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus.  There's a whole pigeon series.  I'm pretty sure we have all of them.  Here's the story for your viewing pleasure.


Now, just to throw it out there, I found this addition to the series in a New York bookstore this week.


But that's not what this blog is about.  Not even going there, people.

So where am I going with this?  Other than giving you a nice little distraction from that project you don't want to do?  All my higher ed friends know that student affairs, or any job in university life, is notorious for this one tiny little line at the end of our job descriptions: "other duties as assigned."  Those four words strike fear in the hearts of any good higher ed professional, because you just never know what your boss's boss will manage to include that you never knew you were assigned.  In my experience, other duties as assigned typical represent a whole entire other full time job.  Other duties as assigned is never good people.

Sure, we consider ourselves professionals and the rest of the world just thinks we never left college.  Student affairs people wear a lot of hats and do a lot of different things in any given day.  Get where we're going here?  Hats?  Caps for Sale?  Yep.

Take the last few hours of my work life.  In the three days, I have worked 30 hours and managed to wear the following hats:

  • Teacher
  • Leadership Trainer/Coach
  • Event Planner
  • Personal Counselor for a variety of issues (big and small)
  • Locksmith (don't even ask)
  • Academic Adviser
  • Group Therapist in the wake of a student suicide during our orientation programs
  • Liaison between students and administration
  • Policy Interpreter in light of housing crisis/shortage three days before students move in
  • Apartment Manager
And that's not including my fire safety gig from last week or tonight's anticipated medical/psychological first responder type person (prayers for a quiet night please).  All in a day in higher ed.  Lots of hats.  

But I'm just saying people...  Caps for Sale.  Selling to any interested party for a super cheap discounted rate.  Anyone want to buy? 

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