We’re nearing the 2013 ACPA National Convention, and I’m excited to be gearing up for a unique presentation with some of my favorite colleagues. In a previous blog post, I outlined and explained what the “PechaKucha” presentation method entailed. Now I want to share what myself, Ed Cabellon, Patrick Love and Kristen Renn have been cooking up! Just prior to the convention I’ll share some more resources and a twitter hashtag for those of you how may want to participate from home.
Four presenters at various stages in their careers were given the task of pondering “the future of student affairs.” Addressing this theme through four short PechaKucha-style presentations, presenters will each speak over a series of 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds. The topics include: Student Development Theory for Cyborgs, Ignore at Your Own Risk: Serving College Students in For-Profit Institutions, Why Unconferences are Better than This One, and Marketing: An Emerging and Urgent Competency in Student Affairs.
I teach three spring semester Advanced Practicum courses to students in Boston College and Merrimack College‘s Higher Education Masters programs. One of the readings I like to assign for the first class is a selection from Robbin and Wilner’s Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties. Although the work has a few outdated references (it was published in 2001), I’m amazed at how the concept of the “quarterlife crisis” continues to resonate with my students, many of whom fall into this twenty-something range. Admittedly, the quarterlife crisis refers to an experience for students with a certain degree of privilege, but for my masters-degree-pursuing students, it seems to fit relatively well.
The following is an excerpt from the book about what the quarterlife crisis is: