Essay Student Affairs And Academic Success

1711 Words Nov 19th, 2015 7 Pages
I’d like to open with explaining where I stand of student affairs and how that plays into the story that is my education. When viewed in the context of an entire university, student affairs departments are really the lifeblood of what shapes a college student’s experience. I firmly believe that a student gains more from college outside of the classroom than he/she does within it. The self-growth that occurs through extracurricular activities and other interactions has to be cultivated. Student affairs professionals are the cultivators.
As a future student affairs professional, I must embrace the mission of an institution of higher education, which often focuses on academics and learning, yet also initiate personal growth with students. Those working in this field need to believe in what they do in order to have the passion to keep fighting for it. I confidently believe I have that passion. The focus on college campuses today is overall student success. I believe that student affairs play an integral part in academic success, co-curricular success, and career success. An involved and engaged student will have a higher GPA and improve school retention and graduation rates. My passion for success will be transferred to the students I serve.
I chose to enter into student affairs because I have a passion to see students succeed. This started for me the summer between my sophomore and junior year. I hit a rough patch in my undergraduate career and wasn’t sure what I wanted to…

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