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Showing Up for the Semester Despite Showing Up Late

By Debany Arciniega-Saenz, 1910 PR Assistant Director

cartoon figure of a woman running late and feeling anxious and it says "And . . . I'm late!" above the image

On the first day of class, I was nervous but excited. I woke up, got ready, and drove to school estimating to arrive 10 minutes before class began. I was going to set a positive and efficient tone for the year right away and make a good impression.

After I parked and made my way into the classroom, I realized everyone was already there, and class had already begun. I was late. How could this be?

I checked the schedule again and sure enough, I was tardy by 20 minutes.

As I sat there and listened to Dr. Kinsky talk and start assigning tasks, I felt lost, confused, scared, and astonished. These people had hit the ground running, and I was late to the starting line.

One of the first announcements on the first day of class was about applying for a leadership position, and I let it go right over my head. To make up for my undesired first impression, I tried my best to keep up and face challenges head-on. If I did not know what to do, I would ask for help and demonstrate motivation to improve. I never considered applying for an assistant director role, but after a conversation with Dr. Kinsky, I decided to take on the role. I was anxious but knew I would receive great guidance. This semester there have been great highs and many lows. To see light at the end of a tunnel, one must continue moving forward.

Despite lack of experience with client work, I pushed through and saw beautiful lights. Long days of learning, applying skills, and extra work outside of the classroom taught me that what we do is not easy.

Oftentimes overlooked, we serve as the backbone to greater projects.



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