Every day is another chance to turn it all around. I'm a directionless millennial turned writer with a penchant for helping others work through periods of uncertainty and potential change.
My Ideal Advising Office
LGBT ally signage. This is an important one for me. I’ll definitely work to officially become an LGBT ally and I want all of my students to know that my office is a safe place to talk.
ADA compliance. There should be enough room for a student in a wheelchair to enter into my office, turn around etc. and feel welcome and comfortable.
A door. Okay, this is seeming really basic, but privacy is pretty integral for effective advising.
A window. While we’re on the basic thing… I know a lot of offices in higher ed don’t have windows and natural light definitely helps me feel less boxed in and more productive!
Plants. They always make a place feel more lived in and personal!
No fluorescent lights. I hate them. Hate is actually an understatement. They often make the best of us look tired and washed out. I would gladly bring my own lamps (with energy efficient bulbs, of course) to give it a warmer feel.
A comfortable chair for my advisees. This would be something else I’d bring in myself. I always see these really cute chairs in TJMaxx and would LOVE to look at one of them every day.
A coat rack/hooks. Not only for myself, but for my advisees.
Quotes! I call myself a crazy quote lady. I love quotes. Inspirational quotes are my jam. Seriously. Check out my You Got This Pinterest board. Over 450 things to ponder there. I’d ideally have a bulletin board dedicated to just quotes in pretty scripts accompanied by nice artwork.
Books. I have a ton of academic advising books from grad school that I’d love to have on display and out for reference.
A bowl of candy. Not for me, but for my students. I learned at a conference at Penn State that having a piece of candy helps decision making. Science!
Music. I have a very high musical intelligence, meaning I always have music on, a song stuck in my head, and an aptitude for pitch and rhythm. I have a John Williams Pandora station (think Star Wars, Harry Potter) and it’s pretty great background music for getting some planning, thinking, and/or working done.