2016: The Beginning
Anybody that knows me, knows that I want to work in higher education, probably because I’ve gone on some rant to them about some aspect of it. I make it no secret that I never want to leave the university system. Not only do I want to work for a university, but I also know that I want to continue studying within the system about how conversations, perceptions and outcomes higher education are formed in society.
I remember when I was younger and in grade 4, I had planned what university and teacher’s college I wanted to go to. I even knew what I wanted to major in. Now obviously that has changed, but this obsession I’ve had with universities has been around for a long time.
Simply put, I love learning. And I love being able to develop as a person, citizen and leader. And I believe that is exactly what universities are supposed to do. They’re supposed to teach students about the subjects they’ve chosen to specialize in, but also they need to be able to help those students become active and informed citizens of their community.
Through my love of community, leadership development and empowerment of others, I believe that the most effective way for me to promote positive social change is to help develop the university system and university programs to ensure that all stakeholders get what they want, and need, out of university.
But the university system is not perfect. There are systemic and bureaucratic issues, financial and social barriers exist that make fair access to higher education difficult and there are many contrasting opinions about what higher education is supposed to accomplish, and how it can do so.
And that’s why I want to work in higher education. I want to help be part of the solution to these problems that plague a system I am so passionate about, and believe in. I know that I can’t fix everything. But in my studies, and in my career, if I can help stream line processes, help create a student-centric culture of success or implement policies or practices that foster positive social change for the higher education community, at any level, than I know I will have made an impact that helps improve the system.
I don’t know how I’m going to do it. And I know I have a lot to learn. But the most important thing, for me, is that I’m excited to learn. I’m excited to learn more about the system, about different institutions and the history of how higher education has gotten to this point in society.
2016 will be a big year for in terms of my career. I’ll be graduating from my undergrad, which means I’ll also be leaving behind all the student positions I’ve held so far at Glendon and York. But I’m starting to look for full-time jobs, and also looking more into grad school and what options I have and what paths I can take.
This blog will be used to help document the steps I take as I start my career post-undergrad. And I pledge to use it as much as possible as I go through 2016. I hope you’ll join me for the ride.