When I began telling associates that I took a job at Stephens College, I was bombarded with positive feedback about the college. But a few times, I also sensed some hesitation about whether I would, ahem, fit in.
Honestly, I wondered that at times myself. As a reporter who preferred baggy cargo pants with lots of pockets (sometimes I could even cram notebooks in them!) I’m not exactly a fashionista.
And when I do try to glam up, things typically don’t work out (earlier this week, I got Velcro curlers stuck in my hair. I thought I was going to have to wear them to work).
It’s true that Stephens women have great style. Susies come in all shapes and sizes and their clothing choices are as unique as on any college campus—plenty are walking around in comfy clothing without a drop of makeup—but they all seem so “put together.”
Maybe that’s because they radiate confidence. They know they’re going places in life.
Despite my obvious style shortfalls, the students have been so nice. I’m working with several on a couple of projects, and they’re smart, professional and friendly. Even the students I’ve not met have smiled and said “hi” when we cross paths on the sidewalk.
I am hoping that confidence (and maybe even a sense of style) rubs off on me, but I’m no longer worried about fitting in.
I’m learning that if you’re part of the Stephens community, you’re immediately family.