#SAReflects–“Embracing the Wind”

One last re-blog from The Student Affairs Collaborative. This was my first contribution, reflecting on 2014.

To many people looking at the story of my life, 2014 wasn’t a phenomenally significant year—I didn’t move to a new institution; no changes occurred within the Registrar’s Office, or even at UMass Boston for that matter; my involvement in professional organizations maintains the status quo. Even my personal life has been fairly consistent.

Continue Reading at The Student Affairs Collective » #SAReflects Embracing the Wind.

#MySAPath–“Expecting the Unexpected”

It seems I like contributing to blog series, which I’m better at than keeping my own blog. This is another post to The Student Affairs Collaborative from January 2015 about my career path.

My student affairs path is not as neat as one might initially imagine. Some might even say I’m not quite on the same path as most other student affairs professionals. I guess only time will tell.

Keep reading at The Student Affairs Collective » #MySAPath – Expecting the Unexpected.

#SACommits–“Recognizing Myself”

I’ve contributed another post to the Student Affairs Collective blog, this time as part of #SACommits: a project reducing the stigma of mental illness by talking about it.

In 1994, I was a high school Freshman. My arms and wrists were covered in scratches and small cuts. I was convinced the world would be better off without me. I just wanted to go away, be alone, and not bother or be bothered by other people.

Keep reading at The Student Affairs Collective » #SACommits – Recognizing Myself.

SAReflects–“Life is Like The Lord of the Rings”

In January, I contributed to a series about Authenticity on the Student Affairs Collective blog:

I wrote the better part of this not really knowing where I was going with the post. I only know that, when I jumped into a Twitter conversation the other day about balance, how we present ourselves to others, and being liked by our students and colleagues, I felt the need for our student affairs community to talk about the genuine struggle that is the human condition.  Then, I wrote something in my very last paragraph which has made me completely re-work this post. Please continue to read, I promise it will only get a little geeky around here.

Keep reading at The Student Affairs Collective » Life is Like The Lord of the Rings.

I am my Label(s)

And, I’m not my labels.

Recently, I began a Supervisory Leadership program which uses the DiSC personality assessment. I tested as pretty solid Conscientious  which shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the tool or who reads the description. Now, please know that this was geared specifically toward my work life–I wouldn’t be surprised if I tested slightly toward Steadiness (possibly a CS) if I took the test in a more all-encompassing manner. As we discussed our DiSC Personality, I found that I was also thinking about My MBTI, Multiple Intelligence, and True Color (see the bottom of the post for graphics of each). Looking at all of this together, one can get a fairly solid idea of how I should act in many situations, the kind of work I do, and the types of relationships I have.

Labels are a difficult concept to me. A lot of people hate personality assessments because they don’t tell a complete story, that labels are only a small part of who a person is. I absolutely agree, but only to a point. As I told Amma when I answered her call for stories from Introverts, I’m also shy–painfully so–and have anxiety/depression, which makes my exponentially more than most other I’s I know. A single label of Introvert isn’t enough for someone to really understand me

I think there is just as much danger in over-labeling as there is in not understanding the labels we hold. Once, at a high school/college LGBT conference, I attended a popular session on Labels, Identity & the Kinsey scale.  The facilitator asked for our sexuality/gender identity labels as part of the intro piece. Some of the participants had labels that were 10 or more words long. I’ve since grown to understand just how fluid sex/sexuality/gender (like many things in our lives) is, but still feel some of these young people (most of us were between 16 and 20) had labeled themselves into the tiniest box ever.

I’m relatively comfortable with who I am, which comes from trying to 1) understand the various labels I identify with & 2)understand what each means to both me and those around me. When I say that I identify as a feminine woman, I mean that I am relatively comfortable with my female body, and wear feminine clothing. I rarely however wear skirts or dresses, and will only put on makeup if I’m going to a wedding or such. To some people however, I am “not very feminine” due to my aversion to dressing up and being able to count my shoes on my own two hands. I know this, and [mostly] embrace who I am because I combine all of the various “me’s” into a single person. My labels do identify me, but only because I let them work together to create a whole, unrestricted picture.

Click to view my Personality Profile page

True Color’s Test – What is your TRUE personality?
Gold

People who are GOLD as their primary color like to fit in or belong. They tend to be reliable people who enjoy serving others. Things that are very important to them are tradition, home and family. They need order and structure, and are loyal and generous by nature. They are comfortable with rules and routine, and require punctuality and organization. They don’t like waste or change. They tend to plan ahead.

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