It took me a long time to find my professional passion. I’ve had more jobs than my parents and most of my friends. Moving from job-to-job, starting out excited and ready to take on the world, then slowly learning that this role/position/field just wasn’t for me, has been extremely frustrating. However, after being accepted into Arizona State University’s (ASU) Masters of Higher and Postsecondary Education program AND landing a job as the Communications Specialist (almost within the same month) for ASU Online, I finally feel like I’m in the right place. I couldn’t be happier.
It’s amazing what having a fulfilling, enjoyable job can do for a person. Every day, I feel grateful that my boss selected me (out of almost 200 applicants) for this role, and it has forever changed my life. I am constantly impressed by the people I work with and the things that we accomplish. ASU is truly a special place. Thanks to my positive professional situation, I have found that I am so much happier in all other areas of my life.
Knowing that a (very close to) perfect professional role is out there for me, makes me want to show gratitude by helping others find that as well. As a result, I’ve worked with friends to revamp their resumes, review cover letters and practice interviewing skills in order to prepare them for the next steps in their career. Instead of being envious of other friends or coworkers having professional success, I now feel truly happy for them!
This position has also opened my eyes to the many struggles and hurdles that students must overcome in order to achieve higher education. I was fortunate enough to have parents that saved for my education from the day I was born, however, that is not the case for so many. I speak with students who have overcome deaths, illness, financial hardship, unemployment and worse, and yet they still fight to pursue their ASU Online degree. I feel hugely grateful that my parents were prepared and admire those who battle so much to achieve a degree.
I never thought a job would lead me to a path of gratitude, but that is exactly what this role has done.
Hanna Friess is a Midwestern born and raised millennial now living in the great desert of Arizona where she thoroughly enjoys outdoor living, sunny skies, and warm temperatures. Her summer goals are doing well in her University class, going on day trips around her amazing state and making it to four weddings back in the Midwest.
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