Posted May 22, 2013 by Benjamin Williams 

Student Transition through My Own Eyes

As I sit here, I reflect on other articles I have recently seen related to the end of the term, the calm of break, or the transitions we see on college campuses. I am excited about the new journey ahead as I transition from Georgia State University to Miami University. It seems the closer I get to becoming a full-time professional, the more transitions I will face, yet I wanted to provide some context for the thoughts of students on college campuses as it relates to transition, change, and the one major question of what’s next.

In less than 60 days, I will move from my hometown of Atlanta to rural Ohio. I know no one, my assistantship is part of residence life, which I have never worked in, and I am going to be encountering challenges related to maintaining relationships states away, managing student debt, and navigating involvement in ACUI at a new institution. Transition is a dirty word at times with fear, doubt, and change being a challenging part of new experiences. I am going to move from a university with one of the most diverse student populations in the nation to a largely homogenous population. I am terrified, yet I am enthralled by the challenge and am happy to take on the challenge so when I leave I am a better professional with more diverse experiences.

ACUI is also in a time of transition as we approach 2014 and enter the “second century of service to students” as I like to describe it. I currently serve as the student regional director for Region 6, which I am excited to continue on in this position even as I will be in Oxford, Ohio. However, the changes to regional structure, no longer being in a position that directly supports my involvement with ACUI, and graduate school will all require further navigation. I recently was reminded by a wise woman that we can always afford to be patient and that change is an ever present part of life. I am excited about the next chapter and am so ready to begin my personal transition into the field.

A final note that I feel must be said related to transition, which I feel is true for all but especially for the student members of ACUI, is that we live in a world where change is inevitable. We all experience transitions through the changing school years, employment opportunities, etc. We must embrace this change, but above all, please remember that we all have a responsibility to give back to those who have helped us and to provide assistance to others.

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams is the Associate Program Director, Student Center at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Ben manages a facility inside the Student Center; advises the Homecoming, Ramblin Nights, and Music committees for the Student Center Programs Council; and supervises six student staff in Under the Couch, a music listening space where students can perform, record music, or just study. He holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Georgia State University and a master’s from Miami University. His ACUI involvement includes serving on Regional Leadership Teams, the Education and Research Fund Program Team, and currently as one of the program leads for I-LEAD®.

Comments

Ben, welcome to the Midwest. One of my former students (Jolene Petroc) is going to be starting her professional career as a First Year Advisor in Residence Life. So you can add her to the list of people that you know that Miami. She's a great person. Best of luck in your new position and good luck with the transition.
Joe Gutowski
jogutows@utica.edu
Comment posted 05/22/2013 5:21 PM
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