The truth about self-care is that sticking to it absolutely sucks. No one is inherently good at self-care and I am certainly not going to say that I follow what I tell my students, peers, and sometimes even supervisors.
Self-care is conflicting with our nature to help. As people in the helping professions we are often the last people we help in our lineups. We have priorities, responsibilities, and often times we have more than conflicting archetype to fit under while struggling to manage these dichotomous and child-like notions to not help ourselves. In reality we must always help ourselves because we cannot do what we do when we can barely stand to function physically, emotionally, socially, etc! Be your own helper and help yourself. Take time during this break to just be present and have some you time. You deserve it.
To say that yesterday was busy was an understatement. With so much happening around us, it felt like the world was watching us and we were standing still. Parents upon parents were walking with their students who were ranging from excited, to nervous, to downright nope.
First-year students are a unique population of students that consistently pumps you up. For those who attended college, remember those times where it felt like you were the most important person in the room? For these first-year students, this was the experience we wanted to provide for them. Today was there day--and we wanted to make sure that these students felt heard, validated, and comfortable in the spaces they were in.
Similar to most large-scale move-ins, the chaos was organized, efficient, and ever-moving. Movers were working through and through, RAs were pumping up the floors, and me; well I was just taking everything in. Each school does it differently, but the feeling of excitement and energy was the same. Just the same as Stevenson. It shows that school matters in some respect, but so does the passion for the work you do. I was loving it whether there were 300 or 3,000 people there. If anything, yesterday validated in me the knowledge that this is work that I want to continue doing.
Tomorrow marks the last phase of move-in for UMass Amherst. With the rest of the multi-year students arriving tomorrow, it will be a show indeed!
This blog started fresh because I needed a fresh start. Choosing to wipe away its past was my decision, and I hope you can respect that. My new adventure starts now and I thought it deserved its own Welcome to the party!