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Why Kindness Matters

 

When I was a student at Otterbein, the academic administrative assistant in what was then called the Department of Life and Equine Sciences always had a smile and no matter how busy she was — she stopped what she was doing to help students.  I never forgot her kindness and positive attitude.

In her own way she helped me succeed at being a student. And being a student isn’t easy. The idiom, “it takes a village”, certainly pertains. Everyone on this campus can make a difference by just being kind to students (and their fellow employees). I feel that it is my responsibility as an alumna — and now an employee — to make sure that our students have the support that they need to succeed.

The students of today are the future of tomorrow and I personally want my tomorrows to be full of smiling, positive, hardworking individuals and so I do what I can to make that happen. Every day we each have a chance to positively impact a student by listening, helping, advising and just letting them know that we are here for them.

My office is always open to students and I often times invite them in to talk or just introduce myself and let them know I am here if they need anything. It’s my way of paying it forward and spreading kindness in a world that in this day and age needs as much as it can get.

 

 

Annette Harting Boose ’94

Academic Administrative Assistant
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
and Co-Chair, Faculty/Staff STAND Committee

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Why Kindness Matters

Every day we each have a chance to positively impact a student by listening, helping, advising and just letting them know that we are here for them.


Kindness Matters is made possible with the generous support of the Kind Columbus initiative at The Columbus Foundation.

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