So this is my last week as the Administrative Fellow at Penn State Hershey. As I contemplate my last few hours sitting in my cubicle, I feel a sense of accomplishment. I did it; I survived a year as an Administrative Fellow.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I have observed and learned from the top administrators at my University. I have learned some of the aspects of administration. I have experienced the day to day, and meeting to meeting, that many times administrators go through as part of their working week. I have attended early meetings, and stayed at work later to complete a task. At times, it felt like there was too much to do and not enough time to do it all. But I completed everything, or almost everything, I needed to do as part of this opportunity.
Now after this week, there are no more meetings scheduled in my calendar. I am finally free to do others things; yet, I feel like I will miss my daily routine. Most important, I will miss working with some of the people I have the pleasure to work this past year.
As I mentioned in one of my first blogs, I will “carry on.” This experience has prepared me to face whatever happens in the near future. As I write this, I remember the choir of that song by Fun (pop band).
“If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Those words helped me prepare for the interview that let to this opportunity, and those words will help me to persevere as I move forward. I am ready. I have the skills and I am confident that when I get the chance I can do the job of an academic administrator. Sooner or later, it will happen. In the meantime, I will continue to be the best program coordinator I can be, and carry on. For those of you who took the time to read the blogs, thanks. I appreciate your feedback and comments. While my administrative fellow blog will end, the next chapter of my career is just beginning.