I was reminded why I work in education the other day. While up in Burlington, VT getting off campus for the weekend, I ran into some friends at a bar. It was one of those completely random encounters. I saw them across the room at a huge table, and made my way through the crowd to say, “Hello.”
One of the people at the table was a student when I worked in the SMC admission office. While a student, she was a summer tour guide, one of my bloggers, and after graduation became a colleague and mentee. Now she has a kick ass job at a kick ass marketing firm.
We had a great conversation that night talking about blogging, brainstorming blog topics, and high ed marketing. She told me all about her new company and I joked that she’d have to find me a job someday.
This chance run-in reminded my why it is that I love working in education. It is because you get to observe young people as they travel down this path of self-discovery. We’re all to some extent trying to figure it out, but in high school and college, the steps are bigger and the changes more noticeable. If you’re lucky, hopefully you’ll be able to help that person out along the way.
There is no cooler experience than watching a young person get inspired, find a vocation, and absolutely crush it.