Sunday, November 17, 2019

Day 221

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference did not disappoint; it's been a long few days, but I have learned so much! Next year's conference is in New Orleans, and I am already thinking about submitting a proposal for the conference. Tomorrow, I travel home. I have several things to do in order to prepare for the week and get used to being in the Central timezone again. I can't wait to see my best husband and my best dog.
Three-fifths of ASHE's team LSU! I am proud to represent our university, and I'm never wearing that sweater again if I know there's a chance I'll be photographed while wearing it.
Something that made today great: Taco dinner with Anna!
Time I woke up: 8:00 am

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Day 222

One night I’m attending receptions and networking, and the next night I’m having solo dinner and listening to live music at my hotel. I made a semi-selfish decision to get my own hotel room, but I did compromise with a non-conference hotel. While I miss the excitement of the conference hotel, it’s nice to have a bit of time to unwind and be by myself after the long conference days. Being able to have whatever temperature I want is pretty sweet too. 

I’m looking forward to a good last day of ASHE!

Something that made today great: I attended some really interesting sessions!
Time I woke up: 7:00 am I think. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Day 223

Day 2 of the Graduate Student Policy Seminar and Day 1 of ASHE were awesome! I’ve had quite a few twists and turns in my professional journey, and I realize now that I am not on a fast/direct path to anywhere...I’m going to make mistakes and take the scenic route to wherever I’m eventually going. 

I attended a fabulous session about Critical Whiteness Studies today, and Dr. Chen and I presented our study on social capital and student transfer from community colleges to one particular research university in Louisiana (😉). We grabbed dinner, then we went to the ASHE reception. The reception itself was a bit overwhelming, but I met up with my former student Tori, and we caught up on life for a bit. Then, we stopped by the NC State reception and concluded our day. 

We still have two days left of the conference, and I want to make sure I soak in all of the learning opportunities I can get at the conference. I also love building my network and making new friends! My extrovert is showing, and I love it. 

Something that made today great: I learned so much at my educational sessions today!
Time I woke up: 6:15 am (8:15 in Louisiana)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Day 224

Being at a conference is helping me renew my enthusiasm for my work. Sometimes, I get sucked into my life in Louisiana, and I fail to remember the larger context. I am so fortunate to work in this field, and I can’t wait to apply what I am learning to the way I serve students. Today was a good day.

Something that made today great: My new friend, Anna! We both go to LSU, and we love policy
Time I woke up: 8:30 AM? Which was really 10:30 AM in Louisiana…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Day 225

Yesterday was a bit rough, but the bright side was that I allowed myself to go to bed early. I paid for it slightly when I had to pack my suitcase for a five-day trip this afternoon, but I think I packed everything I needed, plus a lot more stuff that I won't end up needing.

I have tried to stay optimistic even on the tough days, but I think I just need a break. I am excited to change up my routine this week by attending a conference. There are tons of amazing sessions, and I am looking forward to all I am about to learn. Once I am back in Baton Rouge, I need to push hard through one more week of school, then it'll be time to head to Georgia for Thanksgiving. I am going to sleep so much that week, I just know it.

But first, conference time!

This turkey is not amused about the approaching Thanksgiving season.

Something that made today great: I arrived at work by 8:00 this morning!
Time I woke up: 7:05 am

Monday, November 11, 2019

Day 226

I have been a fatherless woman for over eight years, but I still have days where I feel like the best thing I could do is pick up the phone and call my dad. He’d tell me that everything is going to be okay, and he’d follow up with some possible ways things will work themselves out. I could have used that today. 

Fortunately, I still had a pretty good outlet for turning this day around. After an excellent Access and Choice
class, a handful of my peers and I went to Superior for SO MUCH chips and queso, margaritas (for those who wanted them), and a bit of “real” dinner too. It’s so nice to have people to gather with to decompress and discuss the things that are important to us. I would love a much lonelier life without my Tribe. 

Part of the destruction from our post-class Superior outing

Something that made today great: My statistics professor helped me figure out a direction for my class project!
Time I woke up: 7:15 am

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Day 227

This weekend flew by. I accomplished many non-school things (and a handful of school things), and LSU beat Alabama (in case you missed my blog post and the 3,432,126,754,293 social media posts about it. Geaux Tigers!

I still have quite a bit to wrap up before I head to Portland for ASHE this week. With so much travel in the near future, I am starting to worry that I am going to forget to do something before I leave. The end of the semester is also approaching quickly. While I am relieved, there is still plenty to do over the next month.

To end on a happier note, I am excited for all I am learning and am especially looking forward to my conference this week and spending some time with family over Thanksgiving.

Free photo from Pexels
Something that made today great: I'm pretty proud of my little group's work toward organizing the new Diaper Bank location!
Time I woke up: 8:02 am