Mastering the knowledge and competencies of academic advising while developing greater awareness are long term goals of mine. Every bit of my unique background and education is called upon to improve the experience of undergraduate students. My advising practice guides multicultural college students to the academic and career success they define. The mantra 'Business of One' from career strategist and coach J. T. O'Donnell and The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz have become part of my academic advising ethic to teach accountability and awareness through student interactions. Each day I work to become a better academic advisor, and place greater focus on cultivating a self-reflective practice full of curiosity and care (of self, others).
Along the way, the advising and writing I am grateful to do have cleared up a few things for me:
Academic advising is the threshold through which students travel in college; its outcome has implications on their personal and career development for years. I use my individual sensitivities to reflect on academic advising as a change agent for higher education. Initially this was a blog used to compare textbook knowledge to real world application for assignments in graduate school. It served me well to build ideas for publication and presentation while sharing parts of my journey. The vulnerable lessons about service and empathy I have learned I continue silently offering the world. What I write supports and challenges understanding; even creates a disquiet to promote change. Provocative pieces that advocate for facing what is resisted to reclaim ones highest potential. I am no longer afraid to change, only to be the same. My writings are the very Wilds of Learning.