Reflections of a New Attendee
“You are where you are because of the decisions you’ve made. The choice has always been yours to make. Either choose to be great or choose to be waste.” – Rocky Balboa
I think it’s appropriate to use a Rocky quote since our conference was in Philly.
I would like to first give a shout out to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for awarding me the Rick McLellan Scholarship that allowed me the ability to attend the EACE Conference. Just to give some background, I’m originally from California. I moved last year to the East Coast for my current position as a Career Development Specialist at State University of New York at Oswego. I know you must be wondering why I would go from sunny California to snowy New York. Well the opportunity to specialize in the career development of students who want to pursue fine & performing arts, media, and entertainment industries was hard to pass up! My love for the arts and my experience of building a youth employment training program (OYE – Oakland Youth Engaged) with my former supervisor, Melecia Navarro, made my current position the ideal job! In a nutshell, this is what I do now.
As a new NY resident, I wondered how I would be able to gain more connections in the East Coast. My friend and coworker, Mallory Bower, showed me the application for the scholarship I applied for. She told me that it would be a great opportunity to attend EACE. She was definitely keeping it 100% with me.
I truly appreciate the sessions that challenged me to think of what I’m currently doing and how to be more intentional. I want to give another shout out to Justin Brown and his diversity workshop. It was one of the most engaging workshops that I’ve attended. In addition, I’d like to thank Nayelli Perez for her fear presentation and assessment resources. I’m hoping to utilize them this upcoming academic year.
I enjoyed the vendors who were present. Our office is currently looking at different options to help us increase our efficiency. Therefore being able to meet with the employees, test out the products, and ask questions was very helpful!
I was grateful to have many opportunities to be able to network with other colleagues in the field. I enjoyed going to the events and enjoying meals with others that allowed me to learn more about their position and how their universities function. One particular event that stood out to me was the Thursday Night Entertainment. It was my first time in Philadelphia, so I enjoyed being able to network outside of the conference center. Career Services folks definitely know how to have fun!
I’m glad that I had the opportunity to meet other colleagues from throughout the East Coast. I’m looking forward to continuing to build relationships with those I’ve met and build a network of people whom I can count on in our field. Thanks to everyone who put in all the time and energy to make this conference go well. My first time at the EACE Conference will definitely be memorable!
I would also like to thank SUNYCDO (State University of New York Career Development Organization) members who attended the EACE conference. I appreciated all of you showing me around the city and introducing me to others throughout the conference. Cheers to building relationships with new colleagues!
Jennifer Roxas, Career Development Specialist. State University of New York at Oswego
Jenny Roxas earned a B.A. in Anthropology, with a Certificate in Applied Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Italian from California State University, Chico. After graduating, she worked with probationers, foster youth, the gang-affiliated, and undocumented high school students, which led her to pursue an M.S. in student affairs and higher education at Indiana State University. Currently she is a Career Development Specialist at State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego. She is excited to build the foundation for forums to engage students, faculty, employers, and community partners within the arts, media, and entertainment industries. Jenny enjoys reflecting with students about their experiences and helping them see their untapped potential into their future dream career.