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The New York Journal of Student Affairs

The New York Journal of Student Affairs

Publication Date

4-30-2016

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Using narrative inquiry, this study explored the process of self-authorship for five new student affairs professionals during their first two years as student affairs professionals. Past research on new professionals focused mainly on what new professionals need to know rather than how they make meaning. The findings suggest that the process of development included realizing that those with a shared identity do not always experience the world similarly, creating their environment upon realizing that it was not going to simply meet their needs, and beginning to question their own thoughts. These findings highlight the need to continue providing intentional developmental opportunities for new professionals.

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