Radiating Sunshine

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Life, Life, Life

Happy December! In the Student Affairs (& Housing and Res Life) world, December means a few things. (1) Finals are coming (2) Lots of paperwork and (3) they (as in the students) will leave soon! I love my students to pieces, but I'm really looking forward to this almost month break. Working as an RD, field hours, and grad school has really smacked me in the face this semester. But, boy have I learned a lot. Anyways, as I plan my journey back to blogging for the month of December I thought I would write a quick little post to keep y'all updated on the happenings in my life. 

Now one of my struggles this past semester has been taking decent pictures. Now that isn't the worst struggle to have and I have definitely taken many memory photographs, but it doesn't leave me with much to share with y'all. So, I'm sorry about the pixely nightmare that you see before you!

big photo on the left... J and I have been able to spend some really nice and quiet weekends together. With both of us having really busy semesters (him in admissions and me in res. life at different institutions) it is nice when we can get together on the weekends even if its only for a day.

This picture was taken as we were exploring a local city trying to find a church to go to! We ended up not finding a church, but opted for an adorable selfie instead. This guy has been my rock through this semester and I couldn't do all of this without his love and support.

medium photo on the top right... my RAs are incredible. We are losing a staff member due to December graduation and although I'm excited to welcome a new staff member to the team, I literally cannot picture having a better staff!

This picture was taken at our last program as a staff on Sunday, titled McHolidays where we talked about inclusive programs and ate LOTS of sweets. These fine friends make me smile so much and are often featured in my grateful journal!

medium photo in the middle on the right... my life has centered around admin work lately! And I secretly love it. I really enjoy working on different projects as I get ready for all of the room changes and closing.

This picture is of one section of my RA Office. You'll see the 'mom fridge' on the left, my check out table in the middle, and a bright yellow bulletin board for office updates.

medium photo on the bottom right... family! Come December 19th I will literally be the happiest human being! I'm really excited to go home to my parents' house and spend a few weeks with them during winter holiday! I miss my family so much.

This current picture is my mom and I holding my cousin's identical twins! Holy heck they are cute little chunks! Also, ignore my wine blush...

That's all for now, folks! Enjoy your Wednesday :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Res Lifer for Life

Are you interested in what life is like as a Student Affairs professional in Higher Ed? Are you curious what I do all day? Well today we are diving into what my career looks like!

I work as a Residence Director for a state university in the North East! 

Why did I choose this profession? Well, like most SA Pros, I chose this career so that I could have an impact on college students' development. College is such a unique privilege and unfortunately a lot of students aren't prepared to be here. My whole purpose and passion for working in Student Affairs is to help students be successful. 

What do I love the most about my job? By far learning moments with students. Last week, I had a student who was having some difficulties with one of their friends. This student has never confronted their friend in person, instead chose to text any feedback or disagreements between them. It ended up putting a huge wedge in their friendship (until I got there). I pulled the two parties together and got them to talk about their differences and give feedback to each other. I was over the moon with their progress and their friendship has been salvaged! 

What is the most difficult part of my job? Not laughing at inappropriate times. I kid ya not y'all sometimes when students do the most ridiculous things I struggle keeping it together. That might not be the most difficult part, but that was at least the first thing that popped into my mind. 

What would I change about the field? I wish that faculty and staff collaborated together on more things. I'm not sure if this is how it is at every institution, but sometimes there just seems to be this giant chasm that I wish wasn't there. 

Is it weird living on a college campus? Well, I'm going on my sixth year of being on a college campus and to be completely honest I'm kind of used to it! I love having access to so many awesome things (like rec fields, volleyball courts, different food options, etc.) I feel safe on a college campus and I love the hustle and bustle of students. 

If I had to change one thing about living on campus... it would be my wonderful residents who live above me and stomp around their rooms all night. I really want to tell them to be a little bit more considerate (it sounds like a heard of elephants), but usually when I'm the most annoyed by their stomping it is at 3AM and I don't feel like getting properly dressed to go up stairs to talk to them. 

How do you explain what your job is like? Well, I am not a forever college student that's for sure. That is probably one of the most frustrating things when it comes to explaining what I do to non-SA folks. Usually the way it works for them is "oh so you live at college and deal with all the trouble makers." SURE, absolutely! Trust me, if that was all my job was about I definitely would not have chosen this profession. 

What is it like to supervise emerging adults? I love supervising my Resident Assistants, Desk Assistants, Hall Council (student leaders), etc! It can be hard to keep a group of students on task, but watching them grow and work together brings me so much happy bliss. I love investing in their growth and making their experience worthwhile. 

What does a typical day as an RD look like? Well, as a grad RD (aka grad student + RD staff member) I get a lot of freedom in setting my own hours. So, I usually start work around 9AM and then work until 7-9PM. You have to take into consideration that I also have graduate school and homework to do, so I don't work 10 straight hours a day, which is nice. 

Things that I typically do: have one on one's with my RAs (hour long meetings to check in on them),  follow up about work orders, meet with students about concerns, manage desk assistants, work on programs and community development, host my own programs, bake things for my students, reply to parental issues, work on student development, respond to duty calls, help students manage crisis situations, etc. 

What would I write out of my job description? Honestly, I love my job... but, I wish I had more work life balance. When I have a free night, I honestly don't even know what to do. Having a live on position means work is always here or I'm always at work. So, I would love to have more work life balance. 

I love the career path I have chosen. It can be difficult and exhausting (I was up until 4AM on call last night), but it is so very rewarding and I have the opportunity to make a college student's experience a great and memorable one.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween Lovelies

Happy Halloween Lovelies! I hope today is wonderful and you get plenty of yummy treats (and not many tricks). I'm a terrible halloween celebrator. I really struggle with being creative with costumes and what ends up happening is I go as a "grad student" and I call it a day. Maybe one day I'll be more invested in Halloween, but for now I'm just gonna enjoy quiet Hallo-weekends with Josh! 

This past hallo-weekend we spent checking off all of our fall bucket list items (especially since Christmas is practice here -- JK). We went to a corn maze/pumpkin patch in PA. The corn maze was amazing and took us about an hour a a half to complete. While walking through the corn maze we had to find different words and pictures that completed the story. 
After the corn maze, J and I enjoyed pumpkin bowling and found our real competitive natures with pumpkin checkers. I kid you not people were commenting as they walked by about how deep in thought we were over this game of checkers! I think we have officially determined that J is competitive with sports and I am competitive with board games. 
After we finished at the corn maze, we drove home and went to the Homecoming football game. Ship lost in double overtime, which was really sad. However, it was a great afternoon! Once we got home from the game, we ate some kettle corn and I took a little nap. Not sure why football puts me into a sleep trance, but it does!

After my nap and an episode of the Flash, J and I drove down to MD for a date night out! We went to Primate Bros (which originated in Pittsburgh, PA). I got the pittsburger and it was delicious (and half the size of my face). On our way home from dinner, we sang to a bunch of music and drove with the windows down. It was an unseasonably warm weekend here and it was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Late on Saturday night, J and I picked up a pumpkin from Walmart-- no cute pumpkin picking pictures here! We usually carve one a year (I traditionally don't do any of the carving). On Sunday, after church, brunch, and a near grease fire (tried making apple fritters-- didn't work out), we made an apple cake (post apple fritters) and I got to enjoy watching Josh carve a wonderful pumpkin.
I'm glad he decided to go for a more traditional approach and I can't wait to light this guy up tomorrow to celebrate Halloween.

Anyways, happy halloween friends!!

love you all!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...