Since 2008, I have been working in higher education as the Assistant Director of the Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at California State University, Fresno. And I love it. Like anyone, there are certainly days when I’d rather stay home, snuggled up with The Husband, watching our favorite TV shows and enjoying each other’s company – I’m not crazy. But, I can honestly say that there hasn’t been a day where I dread going into work.
A big part of this is the students. I absolutely love (fair warning, this page will overuse the word ‘love’) working with university students. They constantly challenge, surprise, inspire, frustrate, and move me. Though I work on the same projects, year in and year out, no two days are the same because I work with so many individual and unique students.
The students who I come in contact with – regardless of age, major, or background – are undergoing a significant period of growth. They are setting and attaining goals, discovering new passions, making plans, uncovering truths, and undergoing all sorts of changes. I feel blessed to have the chance to play even the smallest role in such an important point in a person’s life.
My office, specifically, helps students enrich their educational experience by connecting with the community through service. I have witnessed some truly transformative moments as students put theory into action in the community.
I love my work and I’m excited to see what comes next.