November 2020 Advisor's Corner

November 2020 Advisor's Corner

Advisor’s Corner

The last year has been stressful for all of us, to say the least. Whether you’re a first-year, final-year, or anywhere in between, 2020 has likely not gone according to plan. Many things may have changed for all of us, including but not limited to social interactions, class and clinic formats, incomes, and more. We are all in a situation in which we’re forced to reconsider and change many things in our lives, and quite frankly, it can be a bit overwhelming. I’m not typically one who tries to look for silver linings, and I fully encourage you to feel all the feelings you’re having during these difficult times. However, over the last year, I’ve learned the power of embracing the suck.

What does it mean to embrace the suck? According to Urban Dictionary, it is “to consciously accept or appreciate something that is extremely unpleasant but unavoidable for forward progress”.  To me, the phrase reflects the importance of reminding ourselves that although what we are experiencing is difficult, it is imperative that we persist. The reality is that right now, things aren’t great, and bad news will likely continue to come. But we must embrace the suck so at the end of this, we will persevere.

Due to the fast pace of change going on around us, we have to quickly learn and adapt. It’s unlikely that things will be more comfortable or that we’ll have any resolution in the foreseeable future. To get through it and emerge stronger, we need to lean into the discomfort and learn to be more flexible in order to not just survive, but thrive. Every experience along this unexpected journey allows us to continue to grow stronger, both personally and professionally.  If we, both as individuals and a profession, can embrace the suck and do what’s necessary to get through this, then eventually, it won’t suck.

Good luck as you continue navigating these unforeseen circumstances, and remember that we will get through this together. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Ashley Hughes, AuD, SAA Advisory Committee (SAAAC) Chair