Call for advice to students

Call for advice to studentsJamie Singson2003-09-0154Association Newsfalse

ACUI is creating a pamphlet that will reflect our core values through a collection of quotes. Have you acquired helpful bits of advice or inspiration during your career that you would like to share with graduating students who are about to face life "post-college"? Are there any lessons you have learned through experience, trial and error, etc., that would assist young adults in making life transitions?

Please send your own words of wisdom or those from a valued colleague or friend to ACUI_WISDOM@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU by Oct. 1.

What follows are just a few examples that have already been collected for the brochure to assist you in your thinking.

"You won't hear many people say, 'I love conflict,' but I do. No, I don't like the way it makes my heart race or my palms sweat or the level of discomfort experienced by those involved in the conflict before it is resolved. However, the ability to come to an understanding about a miscommunication or negotiate a compromise allows people to come to a deeper understanding of each other. A higher level of commitment to the relationship is developed and change is created. Conflict is natural, inevitable, and important to every organization. Don't avoid it!"

—Stephanie Goodell, The University of Virginia

"The easiest, the most tempting, and the least creative response to conflict within an organization is to pretend it does not exist."

—Lyle E. Schaller

"Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember: a kite rises against, not with, the wind."

—Hamilton Mabie

"There is a pain in staying the same and there is pain in change. Pick the one that moves you forward."

—Earnie Larsen

"Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking."

—Oprah Winfrey

"Great leaders always ask their statements."

—Brett Perozzi, ACUI Central Office

"I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others; the most miserable are those who do the least. For I am convinced that the one thing that is most worth living for—and dying for, if need be—is the opportunity of making someone else more happy and more useful."

—Booker T. Washington

Updated Nov. 9, 2012