(Originally posted January 14, 2018)
I was working in a graduate admissions office when I decided to return to school to get a graduate degree. Life certainly has a way of showing you what you want before you realize you want it.
In 2012, I considered studying counseling or entering into a life coaching certificate program. I almost applied to my undergraduate school, Virginia Commonwealth University, as they are reputed to have terrific social work and counseling graduate programs. The more I researched into career potentials of certain degrees, I noticed I was getting frustrated with the process. My thoughts at the time led me to believe I could have done well in counseling or social work, but something in my heart did not connect with what I read. The career paths were certainly right for someone, but not me. I was not ready yet, only beginning a new phase in my discernment process.
When I came back around to that feeling of excitement at the beginning of the fall semester in 2015, a joy that made me want to spend money I did not have on school supplies I did not need, I took note. There were lots of signs pointing to working with college ready students, even teaching. Before I knew it, there It was...wild, unbridled hunger to learn. It was so strong, several times I woke up in the middle of the night wanting to read. I have always known myself to be a life-long learner, but this was beyond interest in taking the occasional professional development class. I needed to sit for a degree.
Memories of college came back in spurts, some of them wonderful and sensory filled. Others less vivid. I graduated with a B.F.A. in theatre performance, so I get these mental wanderings back to classical scene study, monologue performances, and studio classes. I acted my way through a degree and my first several jobs in the "real world". I am proud of this part of my past, but it was not without challenge. I remember how much I changed once I entered college and the support I needed as I progressed.
The "real world" has only gotten well, real-er. More concrete, and I do mean that in both ways, as it is a hardened world of greater materialism. It would be an honor to offer the college student of today and tomorrow compassionate academic support as they pursue their wildest dream.
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