Res Life Lamentations

A series of unfortunate events

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HEY RAs!

Having trouble with those door tags? I think you just need to get creative!

I know this video has been around for a while but I just discovered it and IT IS CURRENTLY MY FAVORITE.

Make sure you watch it all the way through. It is SO WORTH IT. Gave me perspective I would never have expected!

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Res Life Lexicon: A Dictionary for RAsPart 1
Thought it would be best to start off with something simple. I really do encourage those of you who refuse to say “dorm” to try using it as a curse word. It really works!

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Res Life Lexicon: A Dictionary for RAs
Part 1

Thought it would be best to start off with something simple. I really do encourage those of you who refuse to say “dorm” to try using it as a curse word. It really works!

Issues with syntax, semantics, IPA, kerning, font choice, formatting, or anything else? Please let me know here. I’m open to constructive feedback!

Want to submit a term of your own? Please do! I give credit where credit is due!

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A typical conversation with my commuter friend:

Her:
So how's life in the DORM? What DORM do you live in again?
Me:
Actually it's a residence hall.
Her:
That's just a DORM, right?
Me:
Just call them residence halls. Dorms are just places where you sleep; res halls have community!
Her:
So you just sleep in your DORM, huh?
Me:
Are you just doing this to annoy me?
Her:
What, do you not want to talk about DORMS?
Me:
Can you PLEASE stop calling them dorms?
Her:
Okay. I'm gonna start calling them orphanages, instead.
Me:
What?
Her:
Yeah. I'm gonna drop you off at your orphanage soon.
Me:
............................................................still better than dorm.

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Ohhh freshmen.

lightninginspiration:

Getting ready for my second year working in a freshmen hall and my first year as the lead RA, I’ve been thinking about what to tell my staff to expect.
The funny thing is everyone who wants to work with freshmen wants to so they can “guide/shape/inspire” the freshmen. But I think the most interesting thing about working in freshmen halls is that even though you go in with that plan, (and trust me I definitely had that plan too) it’s really the freshmen that guide, shape, and inspire your experience. Suddenly you get to see things about your school that you may have overlooked or just gotten so used to it being there that you just expect it. All of a sudden everything seems really cool. Or maybe you learn about completely new things because that’s what your freshmen are interested in.
I think, for all the trouble they can be, I’ll always love working with freshmen mostly because they’re so unaware of this power they have. I’ve honestly never loved my university more than after seeing through freshmen eyes.

VERY GOOD POINT.

(Source: dandyhorne)

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Transient beings

It’s still taking a long time to realize that my staff isn’t a staff anymore. Last year there was a huge finality to it. I cried a little, but it was over and I was home—there was a beginning and an end.

Now, 3/4 of us are summer RAs, and the 4th one is around…but we won’t get to see her for a while.

The craziest part is that even though my old building is a summer building, I don’t live there anymore. I never EVER thought I’d be sad to move out of this residence hall—it’s occupied 365 days a year and it’s LOUD—especially since it meant I would be moving to an emptier, quieter room that’s closer to everything.

Well, closer to everything except my old staff, my friends, and the only constant support system I have now that the school year is over and we’re on a mostly empty campus.

The room they put me in temporarily is tiny. It has its own bathroom, which is cool, but I barely use it since I don’t have soap or toilet paper yet. Woe is me, I know, but it feels so cold and all my stuff is shoved into various garbage bags because why bother when I’m going to have to move in a few days anyway? I haven’t had a chance to talk to my “new” RD to find out when I will be moving to my permanent room for the summer/fall.

My campus existence is really weird because I still go to my old hall—my home for the last two years—to cook and hang out with my staff, but when we decide to go to bed, I have to walk across campus while they just go upstairs.

Res Life is so temporary, and RAs are transient beings.

I long for permanence and stability. Stupid livelihood dependent on other people.

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Okay okay

I’m back. Officially. I’m really sorry about that. I definitely lost some followers…but gained some new ones so I think I broke even. Hope I get you all back some day…unless you are done with RA and don’t want to read this crap anymore, in which case I don’t blame you.

In the time I have been gone I:

Got an A on my senior thesis! Woop woop! The building where I had my defense was connected to a residence hall, so of COURSE a fire alarm went off in the middle of it. Res life permeates every fiber of my existence.

Graduated with a BS. Wooo! The ceremony sucked and the entire time my friend/co-RA and I sat next to each other talking about how much we wanted a sandwich. Like I said before, don’t worry, I’m going to be an RA for a year still AND over the summer!

Got REALLY mad at Res Life because I didn’t get recognized for something major where everyone else got recognition, but we talked and we’re good now, but I’m starting to suspect all the RDs hate me (b/c God forbid you have open dialogue with your superiors…)

Moved out of my room and into a newer, much tinier one for Summer RA. That’s a blog post for another time.

Lamented over not getting back to my res life tumblr. Now I’m back! For keeps!

Also, for those of you going to NACURH nationals, I am MAD jealous. I wasn’t technically eligible because I’m no longer undergrad, then I WAS eligible because I was returning to the res halls, then my NCC told me not to apply because it might hurt my chances at summer RA. He was right, BUT it turned out that my co-RA is going and I wouldn’t have been on duty or anything. Sigh.

Happy summer everyone! I have two new series in the works, at least one of which requires submissions from YOU!

<3

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The United States of America on college education

Student:
I'm not going to go to college because I don't want to go into debt.
USA:
YOU USELESS PIECE OF SHIT. YOU'RE GOING TO AMOUNT TO NOTHING YOU FUCKING SCUMBAG. YOU'RE THE REASON WHY MY TAXES ARE SO HIGH.
Student:
I'm just going to attend a small community college instead.
USA:
HAHAHA YOU WERE TOO STUPID TO GET INTO A GOOD UNIVERSITY. ENJOY YOUR MCDONALD'S DIPLOMA.
Student:
I attended a four year university and received a diploma in a field I am interested in. Now I am $50,000+ in debt.
USA:
YOU DUMBASS. WHY THE FUCK DID YOU GO TO COLLEGE WHEN YOU KNOW YOU COULDN'T AFFORD IT? YOU DIDN'T EVEN CHOOSE A USEFUL MAJOR EITHER. GOD PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE ME SICK.
This is what I am dealing with! It is such bullshit all the things society puts a person through.

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