Relevant Reading: The Importance of Staying Updated

Hi, current and prospective Warner students! I can’t believe September is almost over- can you believe we’ve been back to school for a month already? My classes are in full swing, and in one way or another, we always delve into discussions on current events. In my program, we are encouraged to subscribe to daily updates from Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and more applicable websites. You might be thinking, “my inbox is already too full, I don’t want any more subscriptions!” Be that as it may, the benefits of staying up to date on issues in your respective field might change your mind!

  1. You can use the information you retain from these articles inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you’re writing a term paper or looking for a real-life example to back up a claim in an in-class discussion, reading about topics like the usage of student feedback, the pros and cons of for-profit universities, or the outcome differences between private and public schools, you can refer to scholarly pieces and relate them to your assigned readings.
  2. You can connect to fellow emerging professionals in your field. By that, I don’t mean simply agreeing or disagreeing with the article commentators. Rather, I mean engaging in discussions with colleagues about the article topics, sending the links to fellow students or professors, reaching out to the authors via LinkedIn or email, etc. A well-rounded network is always sought after!
  3. You’ll be able to better understand perspectives that are different from your own. “Diversity” in higher education should not just be a buzzword thrown around in mission statements and the like. We should seek to embody it by reading and interpreting the stances of others, albeit through our unique lenses. Subscribing to Inside Higher Ed has helped me to listen to students’ personal stories, and to create my own informal theories about their development; theory is important, but practice may be even more valuable, and staying updated could increase your effective practice.
  4. You can further develop your personal pedagogy and career path. I didn’t know that I’d be taking a diversity and equity tract when I entered my program, but as I began to read more inside and outside of class, I cultivated a desire to help marginalized groups within higher education. Unsure of where you’re headed post-grad? Read up on what professionals in teaching, counseling, human development, etc., are doing with their research and degrees.

Do you subscribe to any resources that I didn’t mention? Have you reaped their benefits? Feel free to email me at warnergrad@gmail.com with your thoughts! Meliora!

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