The Vermont Connection


A career spent in student affairs is a demanding journey, often requiring heavy commitments of time and emotional energy. Although the rewards of such a career are signi cant, many student affairs educators (SAEs) leave the profession, often citing overwhelming challenges of work-life balance. I once believed my own commitment to my SAE profession was unshakeable. However, after more than a decade, family matters pushed me to leave the eld; hopefully, this will be temporary. This article addresses questions I have pondered daily in the intervening months, wondering about the values and demands for careers and lives well lived, as well as a work environment that would support such balance. This article also challenges SAEs to consider how our students learn from our own choices about work-life balance.