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Scholarship Reflection: My SEAHO Experience
Colton Goodman, Georgia Southern University

As my first time in attendance at the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference, it was an
experience I will never forget. The comradery that was felt throughout the conference, seeing old friends and
colleagues, as well as meeting new colleagues and abundance of information shared gave me the exposure I
needed to know that I will attend this conference for the rest of my years in Higher Education.
Walking into the Newcomers and Graduate Students Welcome session, I was extremely nervous. I came in
alone and though I saw many of my colleagues from Georgia Southern, most sat in different areas. Right before
the session started, I connected with two Hall Directors from Florida Gulf Coast University for I worked with
their supervisor previously. From that moment, I realized there was no reason to be nervous but rather excited
for everyone in that room was there for the same reason I was; to connect.
After attending the Newcomers meeting, I made my way over to the Opening Luncheon. Upon entering the
ballroom, the feeling of being at a family reunion washed over. Everyone was greeting one another like old
friends, catching up on the latest news, introducing one another, creating friendships. It was a beautiful sight
to see. Immediately I ran into an old colleague from Florida International University and as we made our way
to our seats more and more professionals from all over. As we finally took our seats I thought, "This is it. This
is what it feels like to have so much support from people in the same department, same walk of life, same
struggles, same triumphs...and it feels amazing."
The keynote address was one that I had never experience before. I have attended keynote addresses where the
entire presentation is memorized and full of data. I've attended some that talk about the power of assessment
and how impactful it is to our students. I've seen many ways to present information, though never about the
impact of words. The impact of stories and how they affect us. I found myself in a wave of emotions and almost
in tears. It is sometimes hard to realize how stories truly do shape our choices and our lives, but it happens every
day. I often reflect on my own story and wonder if I am able to touch lives in such a way that Dr. Parrott and Dr.
Peck-Parrott described.
I was very interested to see what kinds of sessions there would be and the knowledge to be soaked in. There
were two sessions that truly stood out to me over the rest. The first was named, "Wanna Fight? Neither do
I! Understanding and Influencing the Outcomes of a Healthy Roommate Relationship," presented by The
University of Miami. I thought it was a great approach on how to deal with roommate conflicts as well as how
to prevent them. Being that, because of my building shutting down this spring and the upcoming academic
year, I knew that we wouldn't have many spaces available on campus for residents to switch to when conflict
did arise. I appreciated the resources given during the presentation and more importantly, the resources sent
afterward. I have worked on ways to bring this to our institution and tweaked between coming from a Private to
Public 4-year institution.
The other session that made a great impact was, "Keynote Session: Legal Issues," by one of our keynote
speakers, Dr. David Parrott. I almost did not attend this session because it was marked for upper-mid-level
professionals or senior level professional in the field. What gave me the courage to attend anyhow was
something that our president, Dei Allard, mentioned during the Newcomers meeting. She said, "Just because
something is marked out of your level within housing does not mean you shouldn't be there. This conference is

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