Learning can happen outside the classroom
College can be the most crucial learning point in someone’s life as s/he will learn time management, relationship building, real life lessons and much more. Helping students learn how to balance their priorities and decide which goals are the most important can help put them on track.
Earlier in the semester, I had to make a decision whether or not I could handle being on the cross country team here at Anna Maria College given my many other responsibilities. For about two weeks the thought of stepping down from the team troubled me as I knew I would have a very busy schedule this semester with two on-campus jobs and an internship, all three of which were scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And with classes scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, I was looking at a very full-time commitment. After asking advice from family, I wanted to ask advice from someone I knew, and was comfortable talking with, on campus.
Now being on the small campus that Anna Maria offers, I was able to seek advice from someone not everyone can say they have the pleasure of going to at any other college. With a door always open, I walked into the President’s office and asked him for his advice.
Ever since I started getting involved on campus, I’ve had the pleasure of working and meeting with the President on numerous occasions. I told him the situation that was troubling me, having a busy schedule and working on student government and such, and I told him that I wanted to focus on my future after Anna Maria and focus on my passion in higher education. Before he said anything else, he told me how important it was that I was taking this time to sort out my priorities and that it was good that I wanted to prepare myself for the future. He also could tell that I had already made my choice about the team before I walked into his office, at which he smiled.
The President's advice taught me a lot about how college is a time where you figure out your priorities in life, like getting a job, furthering your education, so on and so forth. But having the ability to connect with a faculty member, a professor, or even the President, is something that you must cherish, because in college, having people who care about you can be an invaluable asset.
Have any of you had any experiences like this you want to share?