This is a picture of the RHC carnival. It represents the carnival, Rec Fest, and all of the RHC meetings and events that took place during the semester. The carnival was a great way to start the year and everyone had a great time there. I was not on the board for RHC but I went to most of the large meetings. I participated in the harvest fest at on south campus. I also met with the traditions committee but we did not do very much. I gave input in some of the RHC meetings. This picture represents RHC and everything that it does for resident’s life.
This is a picture of Hannah Tycer, Rebecca Day, James Mitchell and I at a joint program. The program was between the buildings of Smith Hall, Rawls Hall, and South Hall. It was called ResHarmony.net and it was a speed dating program that built community in between the dorms. There were over sixty people in attendance and the program was a huge success. It was a great way for the residents to meet others residents across campus and I defiantly recommend it to future RAs. The program was one of my first and it taught me a lot about programming and making programs that appeal to residents. I had several programs that were successful but this was probably the best of the semester. Programming was a good experience and I enjoyed it.
This is a picture of the paper that I had to write for RA class about a cultural event that I attended with a resident. I wrote a paper about the French documentary Two in the Wave. It is a documentary about a new era of French films that challenged taboos and broke down social stigmas. I went with a resident on my floor named Ryan. We watched the film and afterwards we had a discussion about the lack of knowledge we had on older French films and we questions how stigmas were broken down by the movies. We also talked about Hollywood and compared French and American movies. This was a good experience and it was something I had to do for class. The paper is three pages long with an additional works cited page.
This is the first roll of duct tape that I used this semester. I wrote the registered student organizations that gave me posters to hang poster on the wall on the side of the roll. I did that because the roll represents all of the work that I did while hanging up posters in the hallways. Before I came back to school previous RAs advised me to buy lots of duct tape and I have certainly found that to be good advice. It is important to be consistent with the posters and flyers in the hall. Keeping posters up to date keeps residents informed and shows them that you care about them and maintaining your floor. All of the organizations written on the side of the uses roll of tape gave residents life posters to hang on the walls of the dorm. I kept my floor up to date throughout the semester.
This is the checkout sign but it is usually where my bulletin board decorations are. This represents the end of the year and the fact that I made through this semester. It also represents all of the time I put into decorating my floor to make my hall look more lively. I also decorated the RHC board once and maintained a second board downstairs that kept students informed with upcoming events on campus. Bulletin boards are a nice touch on the floor and many residents appreciate them. Some go above and beyond and offer to help me with the decorations. One resident drew a tiger for me to hang on my board and it was the best board I did all year. It was great getting him involved and decorating my floor.
This is a picture of my door decorations, which I put on the doors of my residents. I originally took this picture because Danquantavius is probably the coolest name I have ever heard, but I later decide to use it as an artifact. Unfortunately, Danquantavius was a no show, but he was replaced, but David Grey who has been a good resident and desk assistant. This picture represents the work it took to make door decorations which make residents feel at home and helps hall mates including myself remember the names of those on my floor. It also shows how people on the floor came together and how community was built because of that. It even helps residents become acquainted with other residents on the other floors in the building. I have had the pleasure of meeting and befriending some great guys on the 1st and 3rd floors of South Hall as well as those on my own floor. Community is a very important part of living in the dorms.
Thankfully I did not have to work on thanksgiving and was therefore able to go back to my hometown of Franklin and spend some much needed time with my family. I have rarely been able to go home and see them this semester, which is the thing I hate most about this job, but I finally left the dorm and went home for a few days over the break. It was a wonderful thanksgiving and my inability to leave school and go home as often as I would like has developed a new appreciation for my friends and family back home. Unfortunately, I was only there for two days and had to return to Memphis for my shifts on Friday and Saturday. Luckily, I was given some desk hours to make some extra money over the break. It was not bad a t all and because there were such few people staying in the dorms over break it made my duty rounds and my desk hours very easy. Before the break I was very stressed, but a little time off and some quality time with my family and friends was just what I needed and now I am back and ready to work again. I have had very few issues this semester but the other week when the power went out was very inconvenient because I had to stay up and try to fix it. On the plus side, I found a really creepy room in south hall that looks like the first saw movie. Also, I have been having a lot of incidents with students burning incense in their rooms. I have told them to stop and confiscated incense on several occasions as have my coworkers. I know it is commonly used to cover up the smell of weed but none of us have been able to find any students with marijuana so they continue to do this. That is annoying but at least it makes the halls smell nice.
I was always told that as a resident advisor my first priority is to be a good student and I have worked diligently at that this past week but because of a very heavy workload I turned in a few assignments that were less than satisfactory. First of all, my community service paper and presentation for RA class was too short and my visual aid looked sloppy and uninteresting. I am very sorry for my poor quality work and I am trying very hard to turn around and produce better quality assignments. I also failed to complete my German workbook and did poorly on a test. It’s not for a lack of effort; I was up all night and barely slept all week. I am struggling to stay focused and at that point in time I was completely overwhelmed by the tasks at hand. I am suddenly relieved that my classes have settled down once more and I have a reasonable and manageable amount of work to do. I am currently getting ahead in my classes and fulfilling my obligations as an RA at work. I had to make a poster tonight which I absolutely hate doing. James and I worked on it and a desk assistant helped us write on it. I just realized that the in-service with the advertising guy did absolutely nothing to change the way I advertise for events. On the other hand the career services in-services have been helpful and I will use the knowledge I gained when composing my resume. I have to work during the basketball game but I think it is cool that resident’s life is helping promote the women’s basketball team. That could be a fun event to go to. I’m not sure what I think about harvest fest and I am somewhat reluctant to go participate in it. I will go because I’m obligated but I don’t know what to expect.
This week is incredibly busy both in and out of the classroom. I have two three page papers and a quiz on the same day. One of those three page papers is the paper for the RA class which requires me to take residents out to do a community service project and follow up by writing a three page paper about the service project. I attempted to have residents go to a project with me this weekend but many of them had already committed to attend a Delta Gamma philanthropy called Anchor Splash and were unable to attend the event I had planned. I went alone and am now planning another event for this Wednesday in which some of my residents and I will take care of children. It is a weekly event put on by SAS which is Students Advocating Students. If all goes according to plan this time I will take residents to the University Center 2nd floor where we will meet up and carpool over with the group that helps watch these children. I am asking Tevin, Scott and Anthony to go with me to this event. I decided that it would be a good idea to ask other Greek people to go with me because I know for a fact that they are required to do service hours and this is a way to mutually benefit all of us and more importantly our communities. The bad part about procrastinating like I did and waiting so long is that I will have to type my paper in one night. I am worried that that will have a negative effect on the quality of my paper. Hopefully this will be a success and I will have the energy to stay up and finish my paper. All of this school work plus hockey, and preparations for Fraternity elections have stressed me out and I need to get some rest and work hard to finish everything that I need to do. On a more positive not, my shoulder is feeling much better.
So far this has been a very stressful week. I have been forced to make several important decisions regarding my next semester such as accepting nominations for fraternity office positions, signing the intent to return form, and registering for classes. On top of all that I sprained my AC joint in my shoulder which required me to spend several hours seeing doctors and going to pharmacies over the weekend. That seriously cut into time that I planned to devote to studying and work. I am now playing catch up as I stay up late studying and hanging up posters for my floor; which is quite difficult with a hurt shoulder. I got to spend some quality time in prayer and thought in between classes today which made me feel a lot better about everything. I need to do more of that if I plan to make wise decisions and manage stress as I would like to. Although most things worked out for the best I still feel as if I am under pressure just like before. Hopefully, a good night of sleep will reenergize me and prepare me for whatever challenges I am sure to face. Speaking of sleep, I have not been getting enough of it this semester. Today one of my residents, Tellvin, commented that he always saw me up late and proceeded to ask if I ever slept. I could only answer with ‘no, not really’. Sadly I do not get the amount of sleep that I should to maintain a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle. I need to work on managing my tome more efficiently in order to get the necessary amount of sleep. Another thing that I need to do to manage stress is to get back into a regular workout routine. I slacked a little bit, then I got hurt in the hockey game, but as soon as I recover I will continue doing the Insanity workouts.