For one day during the academic year, I don’t do my job.
The occasion -- “President for a Day” -- turns over my administrative responsibilities to an undergraduate who has won an essay competition to lead Nichols College. For my part, I walk a day in that student’s shoes.
Trading places with a Nichols student may have started out as a novelty -- I had never been asked before if I owned a backpack or if I wanted to come back to the dorm and play Madden NFL. But over the past three years, this day has become a valuable tradition for me.
Originally published: December 21, 2017
Author: Susan West Engelkemeyer
Institution: Nichols College
Published by: Inside Higher Ed