Since my hero Austin Kleon writes in bullet points, I think I will too. Here are a few thoughts about dealing with difficult situations in a positive way.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Four Agreements is a tiny book filled with enormous wisdom.
- Take Away Message: Don’t take anything personally.
- “Personal importance, or taking things personally, is the maximum expression of selfishness because we make the assumption that everything is about me.” Great quote from Chapter 3, page 48.
- Avoid the urge to be right and make everyone else wrong.
- Bottom Line: In a difficult situation, don’t take it personally because everyone lives in their own reality. Their anger is about them, not you. Even if they say something ugly, that’s their ugliness. Don’t make it yours too.
Unconditional Positive Regard, a concept developed by the humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers.
- Try to accept and support others without passing judgment.
- Starting from a point of unconditional positive regard will probably improve any situation.
If all else fails, lighten your mood.
- Imagine your current difficult situation is happening in a sitcom.
- Think about a silly sign. Here are a few examples:
I have heard and read countless complaints about being an Adjunct Faculty member. I will admit, there are difficult aspects of being an adjunct – and let’s face it, we all know what those are.
Having served as an adjunct faculty member in a few different places, I must say that being at GCC is the best.
Here are some reasons why:
There are pleasant places to work while on campus. The work places I have used are open and set up to encourage collaboration and discussion among others. It helps me feel a sense of belonging.
The staff is very helpful, and will do whatever they can to help me accomplish what I want or need to do. This culture of going above the call of duty is the rule, not the exception here. It doesn’t matter to people whether I am adjunct or not – they just help where they can. I love how the staff has been so helpful in navigating the bureaucratic hoops one must jump through sometimes.
More seasoned members of the Residential faculty are generally available to advise and educate when asked. Emails are answered and phone calls are returned without delay – I’m often amazed at how quickly that happens. Questions one might expect to have a 1-2 day turnaround are often be addressed on the same day.
I feel like I’m an important contributor to the community here too. My advice is sought, my ideas are heard, and my opinions matter. My intellect is stimulated – and I learn new things at work all the time. This is a far cry from the second-class-citizen feeling that often accompanies being an adjunct.
The positive feelings and willingness to help I have experienced outside the classroom spills over into my classes as well. Students are the direct beneficiaries of this. I can be more available and am more willing to advocate for them when needed, because I am happy and comfortable in the environment.
Thank you GCC!
This week was extremely difficult for me. I woke up Monday morning with a sore throat. Tuesday and Wednesday I stayed home with what I presumed was the flu. When I returned to work on Thursday, it was to find our office in crisis mode due to a water leak and seven rooms worth of classes needing to be relocated.
I have to admit that I was feeling disgruntled to have such a disruption and abundance of work dropped on me when I myself was just trying to survive the day and not keel over from being sick. Nobody likes walking into an emergency, especially when they feel like they’re dying inside. However, as the hours passed and the day was ending I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was reminded that every day I’m here I’m making a difference in a student’s life. Whether it’s on the forefront or behind the scenes, we make a difference to students.
When I applied to MCCCD it was because I wanted to be in education, not because I wanted “a job”. I wanted to help students achieve a sense of fulfillment in obtaining their educational goals. I may not be in front of them during classes, heck I’m not even in front of them during the registration process, but I know that I’m making a difference in their success.
So I guess my story is for those of you who are feeling “not as motivated” as usual, for those of us who are feeling a little down or disgruntled even. Just remember that we’re here to make a difference and that everything we do should be done with pride, joy, and self-satisfaction because what we do matters. It matters to the students who are out there making an effort to better themselves.
As this New Year came I found myself needing to make changes and one of those changes was to get out of my chair during the day and walk the campus. I have found that not only are the walks a good form of physical exercise, but it also has been personally and intellectually stimulating. If you have ever have the opportunity to explore our campus you will find many lovely little spots. One of my current favorite spots is a mixed bed of flowers that grow in a riot of stunning shades and sizes.
Like the flowers there’s another wonderful spot I enjoy, which is on the main mall. The other day I took a moment to sit out under the umbrellas and listen for a while. I soon noticed that as people passed by I could hear several exquisite languages. I then began to look up and down the mall and I saw all types of beautiful people, from all over the world. I was filled with an understanding that although our world is in turmoil we of all ages, origins, religions, socioeconomic stratum, etc., can come together and enjoy the “flowers” of this educational institution.
By: Eddie Lamperez, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness
Glendale Community College has a diverse student body. The zip code in which a student resides can tell us a lot about them. The top five zip codes for GCC students include four that surround GCC Main and one that is adjacent to GCC North.
- 85302 (1,438 students). Location: Glendale. Median Household Income: $47,884. Most common educational intent: university/college transfer. Most common ethnicity: White. Percent that are first generation students: 58%.
- 85345 (1,329 students). Location: Peoria. Median Household Income: $49,014. Most common educational intent: university/college transfer. Most common ethnicity: White. Percent that are first generation students: 64%.
- 85308 (1,245 students). Location: Glendale and Phoenix. Median Household Income: $70,701. Most common educational intent: university/college transfer. Most common ethnicity: White. Percent that are first generation students: 40%.
- 85301 (1,103 students). Location: Glendale. Median Household Income: $31,254. Most common educational intent: university/college transfer. Most common ethnicity: Hispanic. Percent that are first generation students: 72%.
- 85303 (789 students). Location: Glendale. Median Household Income: $52,301. Most common educational intent: university/college transfer. Most common ethnicity: Hispanic. Percent that are first generation students: 67%.
If you are from the zip codes that surround GCC Main then you are more likely to be Hispanic or White, working class or middle class, and a first generation college student. If you are from a zip code adjacent to GCC North, then you are more likely to be middle class or upper middle class, White, and have parents who graduated from college. Regardless of zip code, your intent is likely to be transfer to a college or university and earn a bachelor’s degree. We embrace the diversity of our students at GCC; helping all of our students achieve their goals is our mission.
Learn more about GCC students by visiting: http://www2.gccaz.edu/departments/administrative/spa/research