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Marcy Ritzert, Muskingum University Katrina Heilmeier, Bowling Green State UniversitySummer Institute 2012 - Xavier University
Building and Maintaining Relationships That Last With Others With Yourselves Fighting Negativity and Burnout Finding the Upside and Staying Positive… Because I Was An Admission Counselor
No road is long withgood company.--Turkish Proverb
CollegeFair Neighbors Other counselors Guidance Counselors OACAC NACAC ACT Importance of Communication Be Aware of Pitfalls
Broaden Your Horizons Making Time For Yourself Fighting Negativity & Burnout What is burnout and how does it happen? Anything in life worth having is worth working for --- Andrew Carnegie
Student interaction, so rewarding Always changing, variety Networking with others Relaxed/flexible work setting Creating friendships Traveling Acquiring job skills for advancement Keeps you young Challenging Providing a service
Pay Hours (Evenings/Weekends) Difficult families/helicopter parents Paperwork/menial tasks (filing, labeling, etc…) Competitive Making phone calls Travel Deadlines, stress, time constraints Denying students (the “dream crusher”)
Positive attitude Helpful Highly motivated Flexible Outgoing Approachable Assertive Spontaneous Good work ethic Motivator Organized Influential Service, people, Disciplined goal, detail oriented Can deal with Determined change Sense of humor! “On” all the time
Dropping the ball on projects Procrastinating No longer feeling you need to work hard Resentment Bad attitude Complaining No longer helpful to families No longer look forward to work
Ask yourself if you believe in your institution and your job Get involved on your campus Make an effort to be intrusive in your student’s lives Use your skills to your best effort Propose your ideas, don’t assume people won’t listen to you Find good in others Find a good mentor (doesn’t have to be at your school, although helpful) Trying something new (YES!) Get involved in professional organizations Make a list of what you love about the job Turn criticism and feedback into something positive Tinto’s Theory of Departure
You are not alone Change really is good. Listen to your heart, you’ll know it if you need it. Your career is forever growing, we never stop learning PIP (Personal or Professional Improvement Plan) Don’t allow others to control you – doesn’t matter what’s going on around you, YOUR perspective is the only one that matters Give new responsibilities/assignments a chance before deciding you don’t like it.
Read a map Be aware of Not rely on GPS surroundings Make hotel/air/car Drive in all kinds of reservations weather/city driving Ship materials via Make decisions UPS Like being alone Eat alone How to pack light Be comfortable Take initiative speaking to What are YOU strangers looking forward to Have difficult learning? conversations
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your silas. Explore. Dream. Discover.---Mark Twain
Marcy Ritzert, Associate Director of Admission, Muskingum University – firstname.lastname@example.org Katrina Heilmeier, Admission Counselor, Bowling Green State University – email@example.com