Posted June 15, 2015 by Sarah-Ann Harnick 

Every Exit is an Entrance Somewhere Else

retirement compassIt had to happen sometime. After 26+ years at one institution, it is time to leave. As I explained to one faculty member: I’m done. I’ve been informing campus colleagues past and present since January. Friends have been counting down the months on my behalf. Students and I referred to this past commencement as my graduation. Retirement is just weeks away.

I don’t want to wake up at 6 a.m. anymore. I’m worn out by the frustration that comes with trying to convince new staff that I know what I’m talking about. And I am so tired of the never-ending follow-up my job requires. My commute grows longer by the minute, although I haven’t moved in 17 years. Besides, my flowerbeds are neglected, I can’t keep up with the laundry, and my husband can’t clean the house all by himself any more. It’s time.

I’ve been cleaning out files for the past few weeks. Some of the awards, gifts, etc. have gone home to be saved or disposed of in private. I’ve brought home two loads of books. I can’t bring myself to remove anything from my bulletin board yet. My framed poster of Molly Picon is still on the wall opposite my desk. 

I’ll miss the students, my colleagues, and, especially, the guy we hired as a work-study student more than 20 years ago who never left us. Victor is now my colleague in Campus Life. I came in this morning to find a giant-sized joke tissue box he and a couple of students had placed on my desk.

The Central Office is generously helping me with this transition. Celia asked if I would like to contribute to The Commons, so there will be “reports from the field.” Of course, I will become a retiree member of ACUI. This Association has meant a lot to me over the years, and I want to return some of the love. Talk to you next month.

Sarah-Ann Harnick

Sarah-Ann Harnick is the Assistant Director- Campus Life at New Jersey City University.

Sarah Harnick became active in ACUI with her first job in student activities of Rider then-College. After earning her master’s in fine arts from the University of Texas, she relocated to New Jersey and just never left the state. Intrigued by how things work, she accepted an operations position at New Jersey City now-University where she has learned more about elevators, revolving doors, and roof leaks than most people should ever know. The real reason she has stayed in this field is the pure joy of watching students learn and grow.

Comments

Congrats, Sarah, on a stellar career--and I really hope you continue to stay involved in ACUI!!
Comment posted 06/15/2015 6:14 PM
Congratulations, Sarah! I applaud your courage! I dread the "R" word and will be looking forward to your posts from the field. Best wishes for good health, beautiful flowers, and the time to do exactly what you want to do on your own schedule (even if it's laundry!).
Comment posted 06/16/2015 7:52 AM
Sarah-Ann, Congratulations on this important step. I love that you shared your experience to this point along with the memories and emotions. It helps us on this path of a new ENTRANCE. Beautifully said. So glad you have been a great colleague at ACUI and staying with us. All the best.
Elizabeth Jane Stachowiak
jstachowiak@berklee.edu
Comment posted 06/18/2015 10:58 AM
Thanks for the good wishes everyone. Sarah
Sarah-Ann Harnick
sharnick@njcu.edu
Comment posted 06/24/2015 8:30 AM
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