This first half of this year has been an eventful one for me. I graduated from my master’s program after two tough years, turned 25 years old, traveled for national conferences, searched for a full-time job, and perhaps most importantly, had the privilege to spend some time with pretty amazing people here at Swift Kick.
I started at the end of January, coming into the city to meet the team and from there, it was a fast-paced journey into a brave new world for me, contributing ideas, new content, and bringing the fun to a growing organization. As a team, I assisted as we created a podcast, newsletter, and forged ahead for the months to come, continually improving the experience we offer our community members. I learned a lot during my time with Swift Kick, about myself and about how to achieve success that I know I’ll lean on as I start my career.
Personally, I gained confidence, knowledge of how to get around NYC (relatively), and met some great people, many of whom I consider friends. We shared laughs, frustrations, and quality experiences that I’ll remember fondly long after I’m gone.
As a professional, I learned how to embody and realize a vision, how to work better as a team, and I also made some great connections in the field that I cherish dearly since I feel as though I never would have had the privilege and opportunity to do so otherwise.
I look forward to continuing to help The Student Affairs Collective and the whole Swift Kick family grow in any way I can. I support their goals and mission and I want very much for them to succeed because I believe they can make a positive impact on how student affairs professional serve students, which can change the world.
I also am happy to announce that I will be working a Husson University in Maine as a full-time professional in student affairs, starting in July. I know a good chunk of my success is due to the growth I experienced while at Swift Kick.
As I wrap up here, I just want to say thank you to Tom, Sabina, Jay, Megan, and the leadership teams for an amazing few months. Anywhere else I work has a lot to live up to.
Anyone who wants to stay connected with me can find me on Twitter, and on my blog.
All the best, and as always, live long and prosper, my friends.
Note from Sabina, community manager at Swift Kick: Working with Dustin has been an extreme honor and great pleasure. Not only did he make more of a mark on our wonderful company than any intern is ever expected to, he truly helped create a work environment that cannot be beat. Here at Swift Kick, we have a knack for being incredibly productive while having a blast. The more shenanigans, the better. Dustin fit right in. Thanks for the laughs, your Muppet’s Swedish Chef impression, and running around Canal Street with me on Random Acts of Kindness Day. Most importantly, thanks for your friendship. We send you off to Husson with pride and absolutely no doubt that you’ll be the best addition to their institution that they could possible ask for.