Monday, March 21, 2011

Take Your Blogger To Work Day!

It is finally here! 
So many bloggers have worked so hard to put this day together!
We are all here today to share with you our careers! 
Yes, what we do when we are not writing on our blogs, tinkering in our handmade shops, or tweeting to our hearts content. 
This is a "career fair" of sorts--to learn about your fellow bloggers from a real life perspective.

Here are participants who signed up ahead of time however there is also a link up at the bottom of the post where you can link up if you want to join the fun. 
The more the merrier today!

When I was younger I don't really recall what I wanted to be. I always knew that I wanted to be a strong, independant woman. I wanted to be able to make my own money and use my talents and skills to do so.
In high school I recall saying that I wanted to be an Ambassador for the United Nations and speak fluent Arabic. Then in college I wanted to become a lawyer. I dabbled in many things in college, including ROTC for 2 years. I took ROTC classes as an elective so I could learn about the military. I actually almost enlisted to persue JAG but then 9/11 hit and I was terrified.
I got into Law School however I chose not to take that path.
You see, when I was in college I was a Resident Advisor. I helped students with their problems, homesickness, planned educational events and social outings for students living in my community. I loved working with my students and was offered the opportunity to be a Hall Director in graduate school.
The Law School program that I was accepted into did not allow you to work the first year. I was devestated. I had to choose between my love of working with students and my love of law and policy.
It came down to money.
If I was a Hall Director, I could get my Master's Degree for free. Yes, free. If I went to law school, I would be thousands in debt.
I chose to be a Hall Director and work with international students while earning my Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration.
After graduate school, I moved to Southern California and worked at the University of California, Riverside as a Resident Director. Again, I was working with students and supervising Resident Assistant's and loving life. I adored my job so much and also my co-workers.
In Fall 2007 I met D in Vegas.
*on accident*
this was not planned.
He lived in Delaware and I lived in Southern California.
We dated long distance for a year and I decided to move to the east coast.
He wanted to move to So Cal but I wasn't up for the pressure.
I got a job at the University of Delaware and was a Complex Coordinator. I loved my community and international and sophomore-senior students and had a great time. I worked on many projects in the short 2 years I was employed at Delaware and am proud to say that I was a "change agent" in many positive ways.
At the University of Delaware I focused on working with students in crisis and also served as a University Hearing Officer. Basically, in lehman's terms this means that I represented the University when a student violated policy.
In July 2010 I accepted a job at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where I am the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Student Conduct. I work primarily with students in crisis. Because of the confidential nature of the work I do, I can't really divulge details but my work is heavy on the heart. I have dealt with more sexual assaults, physical altercations, death, suicide ideations, mental health issues, and conflicts than I could have ever imagined in my short career of just 6 years.

This is not where I envisioned I would be and I often struggle with the work I do.
It is hard.
 It is rough on the soul.
But it is impactful and I am making a difference.
That is what gets me through the day.

Check out what others do at work....

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26 thoughts:

Collette Osuna said...

This one totally got away from me Gina...Im not even working today, lol. Itll be fun to see what everyone writes:)

Sarah B. said...

Yay! So glad the day is finally here :) Thanks for hosting!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

So glad you did this Gina. We share a similar background about law school decisions. I can't wait to read about other participants!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

So glad you did this Gina. We share a similar background about law school decisions. I can't wait to read about other participants!

Mama Pea said...

Great series. It's interesting to read all the different posts.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

I was an RA in college too but just did it for one year.
Thanks for throwing this fun event! And it sounds like you have an interesting job.

Jana said...

I think I would like what you do although difficult at times. There is something so enjoyable about a rewarding job.

Jackie said...

Wow Gina! What an incredible job you have. Your work makes a real difference in the lives of people who are facing hardships. Can't imagine how tough (but rewarding) it must be to do what you do.

This project you've put together is awesome! I'm really enjoying reading everyone's contributions and the community spirit here. Thank you for organizing.

Melissa {TheScarletCardinal} said...

Thank you so much for organizing this link up, Gina. It's really amazing to see what everyone else does besides blogging all day!

Working in Res Life, I understand how hard it is to deal with the craziness of our students and not bring it home with you. You definitely have a difficult role, seeing students at their worst.

I also didn't realize you were also in Philadelphia. Maybe we should put together a blogger meet up, or a Philadelphia link party!

Thanks again for hosting!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Yay, great hop! Just joined....and I never join these! Thanks Gina!

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow, i had no idea that was what you were doing! your work sure is heavy at the heart~

la petite coquine said...

You already know how amazing and brave I think you are. Thank you for taking us to work with you, darling!

Watkins35 said...

gina, beautiful post, and how wonderful that those students have such a lovely, kind, thoughtful person there for them xox

Tara said...

Wow it is so amazing where life can take you!

Thanks for hosting this today, it has been so much fun to 'go to work' with everyone!

Cassie said...

Wow, Gina, that was really wonderful to read and learn more about you! You are such a giving person that I can see where you probably excel so much in your current career. Thanks for hosting :D

aPearantly sew said...

Thanks so much for putting this together! It's fun to find out more about other bloggers.

Christina said...

Thanks for this fun party...I found you from Allison @ A Glimpse Inside...and I linked up!

...and I'm a new follower too :)

Sarah B. said...

I loved reading your story!! Sometimes knowing you're making a difference can help you get up and out of bed in the morning - I know the feeling :)

Amber W said...

Thank you for hosting Gina! God bless you for the work you do!

Charmaine said...

Amazing how life takes us in different directions, hey? Often it turns out way better than we could have ever expected. Thanks for sharing :)

Alely said...

this sounds like fun! i might have to link up if i can get my act together!

For Love of Orange said...

Thank you for hosting! I enjoyed participating!
I think it's great that you chose your students!!! You and Sarah are wonderful people (along with all the other teachers in this world) :)
Thanks again,

Jodi said...

I'm a new follower. Linking up a day late. Great idea!! Hope more people participate.

Em {Emerging Em} said...

Ahhh, I'm so sorry I never got around to writing this post! The work just piled up before I left on my trip...sigh. p.s. Can't wait to see how your craft room is coming along!

leah @ modern day gidget said...

YAY!!! Another M.Ed. grad :o) I have my masters in higher and post-secondary education from ASU. I work as an academic advisor at Arizona State University!! I love higher ed - it is such a fun field to work in!! Very fun stumbling across your blog!!

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