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from the president Hopefully as you enjoy this edition of Perspectives, you are also finding some time to rejuvenate, relax and recharge. The work we do can be exhausting and draining both mentally and physically. Be sure to find ways to take time for yourself strategically during the academic year. So start or continue that workout routine, go for a bike ride or hike, take a cooking class, travel, visit with family and friends, attend a baseball game, take a vacation, enjoy a staycation, read a book, or see a movie. Regardless of what you choose to do, find the time to take care of yourself—mind, body and soul. The ability to successfully manage not only your work, but yourself, is paramount to the quality professional you can be. “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Thad Doyle 2014 President tmdoyle@uakron.edu

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

I came across this quote from Thomas Jefferson, and I thought it was relevant to our student affairs profession of educating, developing, mentoring and supporting young men and women to be the greatest versions of themselves. Through membership in our fraternal organizations, they are exposed to a variety of opportunities that might not otherwise have been available to them. From personal development and leadership development, to an appreciation of diversity and what it means to be a member of a values-based organization, our students get advanced co-curricular opportunities that prepare them to be the ideal employee, global citizen, partner/ spouse, and alumnus. As we find ourselves in times of increasing demands on our daily work due to limited staffing and resources, I challenge you to remember the potential impact we have from the daily work we do with our students. I would argue that no other profession has the unique ability to form positive and meaningful relationships with our students and colleagues while bound by common and shared experiences through our values, founding principles and rituals. This unique environment allows for transformative learning—personal and professional growth—to occur, while simultaneously creating dynamic fraternity and sorority communities. I hope each of us takes the time to appreciate and value the nature of our work and find it meaningful more days than not. This isn’t to say our work is constantly rewarding and never frustrating, demanding, challenging or just plain hard; but it’s also through these times we strengthen, enhance and elevate our work in preparation for the next time a challenge presents itself. For us to be the greatest versions of ourselves, we must be willing to devote time and discipline to take care of ourselves to provide the high level of engagement, involvement, counseling and mentoring we do on a daily basis. So be audacious. Be impractical. Be different. Be authentic. Be something. But in doing so, be great. Keep making the difference in the lives of so many young leaders in our fraternity and sorority communities, while also making an impact in the student affairs profession, the higher education landscape and beyond.

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