For those of you who don't know what a tweetup is, I personally like Urban Dictionary's definition best:
"A gathering of nerds attempting social contact, likely for the first time. Usually disintegrates into everyone running to the nearest computer to type to one another."OK, so sarcasm aside... a tweetup is just a meeting among friends who regularly correspond or have met on Twitter. You don't "tweet" or bring your laptop to a tweetup, in fact it's the exact opposite of what you do on Twitter.
Once introductions were out of the way, the venting began. I learned that working in the realm of marketing, communications, web, PR, social media, etc., in academia is an entirely different beast. Most of us have had experience working in the agency or corporate world, so we discussed the differences, as well as some of the nuances that come with working in higher education. But, when it came down to it, we realized we all shared one thing: a passion for education.
We all agreed that when you're working for an agency, or even a corporation, it can be hard to get behind the brand, product or service you're trying to sell or promote. But with education, it's easy. We "sell" knowledge. We promote education. How can you not get behind that?
We also shared the same inspiration and motivation: the students. It's their energy and their passion for learning that reminds us why we do what we do.
I meet students every day who inspire me. Just this past week I met with a student that I'd like to refer to as Mr. SCC. He's been here for three years, he's the president of Phi Theta Kappa, treasurer of Student Senate, a student member of the SCC Presidential Search Committee, and to top it all off, he loves math!
I mean seriously... what's wrong with this kid? And when I say "what's wrong" I mean, can he possibly be more of an over achiever? And the most interesting part of it all is that he wasn't involved in high school and he didn't get good grades, but now he's at SCC and he wants to transfer to Washington University! How great is that?! He lives and breathes SCC and I can't wait to share his full story with everyone else.
And the best part is, there are other students with just as interesting and inspiring stories, just waiting to be heard. And that is reason #347 why I love my job.