chapter  2
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ORIENTATION

For most new professionals (NPs) in student affairs, entry to their first fulltime professional positions is filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and trepidation. The reasons for trepidation and confusion are numerous. NPs are making both professional and personal transitions. Most often these professionals are entering their first jobs directly from a graduate student role, where support and structure from faculty and assistantship supervisors is often quite intense. For those who enter the field without benefit of professional preparation, the trepidation is even greater, or at least should be, because they generally have very little (other than personal experiences as a student leader or paraprofessional and perhaps as a teacher, minister, or coach) to fall back on when presented with issues and problems of practice.