I have had some responses to my previous post that it sounds like I have a bone to pick with Gordon administration. That is not the case at all. I really like Gordon administration and think they do a phenomenal job overall.
In my mentioning of them and the red tape, I merely mean that our expectations that things are clearly black and white is not the case. There are reasons why students are told no or given critiques on their ideas. It is not out of malice or hatred but from the perspective of experience, wisdom, and the Gordon mission.
As students and young people, we tend to be anti-authority, which is part of emerging adulthood, so that is understandable. But that doesn’t mean we turn everyone in Frost into the enemy. That means we need to take a breath, examine our bias, and try to understand where administration is coming from when they do and say things. Also, it is important to understand that what one administrator says does not necessarily align with what every administrator will say. While they all represent the same institution, they are individuals with unique opinions and perspectives.
It’s easy to hate a face or a name. It’s easy to add fuel to the ever-growing gossip fire.
It’s not easy to step up and say, “Thank you for the work you do. Thank you for choosing Gordon. Thank you for constantly working towards bettering my education.”
Yes, it’s easy to critique. We often think that people in authority are basically asking for this constant critiquing commentary. Remember that these individuals do not know what you are thinking unless you tell them. And you don’t know what they’re thinking unless you ask.
In regards to the previous post, many come into college thinking that they can just start whatever club or group they want with no push-back but that’s just plain ignorance. That blissful ignorance is stripped away when goals are pursued. So when I say, “I am more aware of the complexities of administration and the red tape that crops up everywhere you turn,” I mean that I was unaware of the complexities of running a university until they were (at least partially) made aware to me. That doesn’t mean the complexities are bad, but they are real. As students, we must work within the parameters the complexities create in order to achieve our goals.
It sounds discouraging, but it should be an exciting challenge. Working within an existing structure to do something new is what life outside of college will be like. I encourage you to try it while within a setting where those in charge are not out to get you and want the best for you.
I also encourage you to get to know some administration on a personal level–whether that be someone in the President’s Cabinet, in CSD, or in a different department. These people have fascinating stories. I’m sure if you’re willing to schedule a time far enough in advance they would love to talk over lunch in Lane or a cup of coffee in the Bistro. You just have to ask. They don’t bite–I promise.
Needless to say at this point, I’m a fan of the administration, so please extend some grace to our brothers and sisters who are doing the best they can with the jobs they have in the situations they are in.