This afternoon, after hitting what felt like a brick wall that came out of nowhere, I went home to nap off a year-end cold that seems to be spreading throughout our office. In the midst of my much-needed and glorious nap, I was abruptly awoken by the sound of my door bell ringing. Groggy, I walked to the bathroom window, where I have a clear view of the driveway, and was annoyed to find a sales person going door to door. My immediate thought was that I would be so frustrated if I had a sleeping baby at home - shout out to all my Mom friends and colleagues out there! My next thought was that I was so disappointed to have been awoken from such an exhilarating dream. Ironically, it was a dream about my position as a football player on my professional team. I'm not sure if this dream was sparked by the sudden focus that I have placed on my role as a team member lately, having recently read The Five Dysfunctions of Team and thinking ahead to our upcoming professional staff hiring days, or if it was a result of the cold medication I took before hopping into bed. Either way, it inspired me to think about my role in student affairs, and the larger institution as a whole, as I made instant connections to the work I do every day in my department and on my campus for the good of our students. In reflecting on my six years as a higher ed. professional, both live-in and live-out, I feel like I can best connect the lessons I have learned along the way to football. And, if you don't already know, I am a huge football fan - go Pats!
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