Last week I was asked where I saw myself in five years. I would like to report that I gave the perfect answer, but I did not. I gave an honest answer, and that is not the same thing.
I shared that I wanted to keep working directly with students. In five years, I explained, I would not know all there is to know about academic advising because of the emerging, multicultural, 21st century student. Perhaps that sounds a little textbook, but hear me out on this.
As far back as I can tell, I always wanted to be the one who knew where they were going. Five years ago I bought my first home in an effort to settle down. I thought I had everything sorted out because I was a planner. The shifts that followed and continue to unfold are changing me in ways I did not expect at depths I did not think were possible. I used to believe it was courageous to have a plan. Now I know there is more courage in responding to life, and not to expectations.
I have not written my story yet nor have my students written theirs. As emerging students develop, so could the ways they are supported and challenged. The master academic advisor has to be adept at noticing those shifts, but that is only part of the equation.
Assessment of academic advising reveals where adjustments or opportunities are possible, and the advisor has to be ready to participate in those efforts. The academic advisor must become evidential in their practice; it could very well be the evolution of the professional advisor's role. I want to be part of that change. The rest will come in time.
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