Day 1 of the Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute begins in just a few hours. I’m very excited to participate in the institute, and am definitely ready to get started. There will be some great opportunities to network with colleagues, meet some great leaders in the field, and participate in some informative sessions. I’ve only ever been to one other institute (vs. a conference), and it was incredible professional development. I expect I’ll have a similar experience here. There is however, just one tiny, almost insignificant issue:
Sinking feeling…the baggage claim turnstile stops and you are standing empty-handed.
Correct: my bag has yet to make it into my hands. I found out late last night it finally arrived after missing the connection in Baltimore, but the bag’s current location is unknown. It was to be delivered to my hotel sometime before 4 AM this morning, but the company that supposedly picked up the bag has no record of it. So I’m in luggage limbo, about to head into an institute with 71 other professionally dressed colleagues. Today’s gonna be a good day.
There is plenty to be dismayed about in this situation, but what can I do? I was fortunate enough to run into Teri Bump last night, a featured speaker at the institute, and she reminded me to stay positive about the situation. Just a few days ago I posted on remembering that how I respond to a situation is entirely my decision. So I better follow my own advice and make a good choice.
So what am I to do? Should my luggage fail to arrive, I’ll walk into the institute with a smile on my face, rockin’ the denim and res life t-shirt combo. I’ve often been accused of strutting like I’m on the catwalk – OK that’s a lie; catwalk and Sean Grube have never been used in the same sentence. Either way, if there’s a day to rock an outfit, today’s the day and I’m the one. I’m still hopeful someone will find my bag and get it here in time. If not, today’s gonna be a good day anyway.