It's been almost four years since I started taking full-time interest (and sweating my hair out) in the social sector in India. In October, 2014, I quit my corporate job to find my calling, and I feel really grateful for the opportunities that have come my way to date on this path!
So it's that time of the year - the beginning of the 365-day cycle which we celebrate as new year. Although, I believe that the Earth is taking rounds and rounds around the Sun all the time since eternity, and hence every moment, it's completing a full circle from some point at its orbit. So ideally there is no need to make such a hype about the new year. However, I also believe, we should find more reasons and find them more often to celebrate and have fun in life.
So...the narrative about Executive Assistants has been diluted so much in the past 3 years or so that it's become more confusing than clarifying. Everybody's an "expert" these days posting fluffy, BS articles that generalize the grind, paint pictures that we're chaos wranglers and do-it-alls with a perma-smile plastered across our faces, and swimming joy laps in the underrepresentation, under compensation, underutilization and lack of empathy often suffered at the hands of the people we're low-key expected to take a bullet for. As someone with 26+ years in the seat, having given up the best years of my personal life to claw my way to the top of the EA game, I'm often pissed off seeing low ROI conferences duping EAs out of thousands of dollars, newbies claiming and weaponizing expertise they haven't actually earned, and articles/vlogs/blogs that serve no purpose other than pushing a personal agenda wrapped in yet another bullshit "Top 5 Ways To..." list or ad campaign.
How often have you done this: Sit back with yourself and write down things from your past that you regret?
I previously read an opinion piece in the New York Times lamenting the funding of "lazy rivers" being installed by state colleges on their campuses. I was struck by the first sentence of this piece, which I quote in full: "In a competition to woo students, public universities are increasingly offering lavish amenities that have nothing to do with education."
There are two very different types of creativity: convergent and divergent.
Last year, the New Yorker published a detailed study on sexual assault on campuses and what can enable change. I laud the researchers and their preliminary conclusions and look forward to the many papers they produce from their extensive data.