The holidays are behind us and the New Year is ahead in all of its glory. Many articles have and will be published on how to become better organized. As the old adage goes, “Out with the old – in with the new.”

With the coming of 2013 and the onslaught of weighty resolutions that may soon be forgotten, I found myself cleaning out an old paper file. In my efforts, I came across something that reminded me about the human element in the work we do.  It was something passed onto me when I worked as a director of College Counseling but is applicable to all of us in education. 

The Student is:

  the most important person on the campus.
  Without students, there would be no need for the institution.

  Not a cold enrollment statistic, but a flesh and blood human being
  with  feelings and emotions like our own.

  Not someone to be tolerated so that we can do our thing.  They are our thing.

  Not dependent on us.  Rather, we are dependent on them.

  Not an interruption of our work, but the purpose of it.

  We are not doing them a favor by serving them. They are doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.

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*Once again, this is posted next to my office phone to serve as a frequent reminder as to why I chose to do what I do. May this offer inspiration as you work to empower and educate the world-changers of tomorrow in 2013.


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