Monday, May 11, 2015

Pep Talk for Academic Support People (& Maybe the Rest of Us)

Over at the Law School Academic Support blog, Amy Jarmon reminds her ASP colleagues that now they have time to breathe:

I know as an ASP'er that now is the only chance that I have to breathe.  Not that I will be relaxing, mind you.  I will be working my way through a massive list of projects and deadlines. 

By breathing, I mean that I can look up and not see the next student waiting in line.  By breathing, I mean I will not be finishing one meeting only to rush to another obligation.  By breathing, I mean that instead of answering an avalanche of e-mails and handling last-minute crises, I can focus on completing a task and spending quality time with that task.

But you know the best part of being able to breathe for a few days?  I get to step back and remember why I love ASP work.  I can re-focus on what really matters: the many successes, the many thank yous, the academic and life changes that I have had the honor to be part of, the student tears that have led to smiles on those faces as skills were honed, and the reality that some students would have given up without my help .

So, my dear colleagues, take time to breathe.  Remind yourself of why you love ASP work.  Remember the little and big miracles you have witnessed and been part of this year.  You are a blessing to your students and a blessing to your ASP colleagues. 

Once the rest of us get our grades in, maybe this advice will apply to us and lift our spirits. You can read more here.

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https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2015/05/pep-talk-for-academic-support-people-maybe-the-rest-of-us.html

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