My head is spinning – but in a good way. After coming back from HighEdWeb Regional at Vassar, watching the #PSEWeb conference Tweets, following #PSUWeb10 + #hesmlaw online, catching a few EduComm moments, among others, my brain is abuzz with new ideas, questions, strategies and overall #highered love.

Taking a step back, I see all the opportunities that lay before us: individually at our respective schools, and collectively as a thought leading team. In no other position have I felt the momentum and urgency to learn more, try harder, and most of all, to be humbled by the ever-changing environment and those forging ahead in it. Seeing all that we do – including the not so great moments – helps keep me sane, because I know all of you are also going through the same thing and can be a shoulder, an ear and a resource.

It’s hard to determine where to start. I find that returning from a conference or after being a part of great conversations online I want to do everything. Right now. Knowing that can’t happen makes it difficult to get going on just one thing but being able to prioritize – both what is right for the audience and what is right for the internal politics – can put the earth back under your toes.

With that in mind, I just wanted to say a thank you. To all of you for what you do, how you do it, and your ability to turn with the tide and ride it out fully. You truly make this position the best challenge and learning experience a girl could ask for. It’s the difference between just a job, and a chosen career.

Much Love.

7 Comments

  1. Totally agree, Jess. I couldn’t have expressed it better myself. I feel very fortunate to find myself plugged into this group of #highered thinkers and doers. They challenge me to think more creatively, and continually push me to reach higher. And making a difference with humor, warmth, and authenticity, all while connecting and establishing amazing friendships. Thanks for putting this into words.

    Also: *Mwah!* :)

  2. I agree with Robin – I couldn’t have said it better myself! Terrific post :)

  3. AliCeleste says:

    THIS: “…Knowing that can’t happen makes it difficult to get going on just one thing but being able to prioritize – both what is right for the audience and what is right for the internal politics – can put the earth back under your toes….” I wasn’t at the conference but actively followed on Twitter and appreciate all the relay of information that came through the tight Higher Ed group that has grown together on Twitter. GREAT post!

  4. The community -is- amazing. I get incredible inspiration, motivation and JOY from being a part of it.

    Thank you!

  5. kevingrout says:

    I feel a bit disconnected as of late. Your post reminded me what I’m missing out on, for no good reason. Time to dive back in!

  6. I think one of the most essential parts of social media is the social aspect. It brings people with common interests together for a common cause. Loved your thoughts and energy! Hopefully we can connect soon virtually or at a conference.

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