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I’ve had some ideas! Imagine that!

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I’ve had so much going on lately with the semester coming to a close, however I still had to fulfill my RA duties. In November I had my brainstorming cap on and came up with a genius list of events to do this month before semester end and next semester too! I am really excited about them and I will be posting about one of them in the next couple of days! So stay tuned!

I won’t tell you what it is, but I will tell you that it involves Christmas and tissue paper!

Until then, I bid you good studies.

<3 Kir

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A Program That Benefits You?

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What type of program does a RA put on that takes little effort?

What type of program does a RA host that many residents show up to?

What type of program does a RA do that is just as beneficial to said RA as it is to residents?

What is the perfect type of program for the end of semester, right before exams?

Ah, I knew that one would make it clear for you. :)

A study session!

Many people need to simply be in the company of others to focus on their work, (ha, yes NOT true for everyone).

One of the simplest programs that RAs can host is a study session. Residents bring their homework and all the RA needs to do is set up the room in little study clusters and buy study snacks(chocolate, fruit, veggies, nuts, juice boxes, water, etc.) if feeling ambitious. I was not. I simply provided the location, set up the room and welcomed everyone to choose an area in the room where they felt most comfortable doing their homework. I know if I had been there for more than 10 minutes, (I was on duty and had to deal with some things), that I would have gotten most of my studying done there. I was very pleased with the turn out.

There is my Kir-tip of the day!

Carry on and study hard.

<3 Kir

5 Forget Me Nots!

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Ladies and Gentlemen!

Guess what?

I’m back, and I’m ready to write for you.

I’m quickly going to catch you up on my life and then I will enlighten everyone with 5 magical “Forget me not’s!”

The last time I posted I was studying for the GRE and I was feeling so overwhelmed. That was around Thursday. On Friday I went Christmas shopping after work…Yeah, you read that right. Christmas shopping. No worries though, I only bought one thing. After shopping I stopped home and hung out with my dog (stress relief). I finally got back to school around 9 or 10pm… I don’t even remember! I was going to study before going to bed on Friday because the GRE would be the next day. Ha. That, of course, didn’t happen. I spent time watching YouTube videos with my residents. :) The videos are below for those of you interested in viewing the types of things that consume my attention.

Enjoy those.

I went to bed on Friday later than anyone taking an important test the next day should. But I did it. I took the GRE. I kicked it in the face. It is done and over with. Sunday I hosted a program called The Irish and Peruvian Culture Night, which will be explained in a later post.

Right now I want to share with you 5 things to never forget as a resident assistant even when the semester is coming to a end.

1. Don’t forget you are the RA.–Lately I found myself falling into a routine of hanging out with a few of my residents. I do not think this has caused problems yet. It does seem that some of my residents may not take me as seriously when it comes to my RA duties however, and I think this has a lot to do with the friendships. Another potential negative to being close with my residents is that other residents don’t feel comfortable coming to me.

2. Don’t forget to check up on your residents.–November is a really stressful time in a college student’s life. Exhibit A over here!!!  Not all stress leads to the all mighty, over-diagnosed depression. Stress does however lead to giving up. Residents tend to first give up on school work or social life. It all depends on the resident. Sometimes, they just need to talk it out, complain or simply vent a bit. If I listen close, I can be much more helpful.

3. Don’t forget to be visible.–As a resident assistant and a student I know first hand that things get crazy as the semester goes along. It is easy as a resident assistant to be so stressed to the max myself that I find it difficult to simply go through the motions. It is easy to just do the work for class, program for monthly events and do my RA duty at its minimum. But the most important part of being a resident assistant is to be available with my door open and my mind open to any possible walk ins… 24/7!

4. Don’t forget to host relaxing events.–Big hands on events are great and residents love them! We RAs just need to give the residents and ourselves a break and if this break can count towards our required programs… Why not? I’m planning a study session program next week. It may not be relaxing to be studying for exams, but I hope it helps to pick up the spirits of the residents.

5. Don’t forget to set an example.–All of the above, combined can be beneficial…But while I’m doing these things I have to try to remember to be as positive an example as possible. Most residents are freshman or sophomore students and have a lot of mimicking to do. It’s definitely in the RA job description to set good examples.

Don’t forget.

<3 Kir

Keep Your Head Up…

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Oh my. This Saturday is the GRE. Shit. my. pants. With the GRE quickly approaching, final projects just around the corner and the RA lifestyle continuing on… I am neck-deep in things to do. There are only so many hours in a day. I stay up til 3-4 in the morning most days and in turn sleep in til at least noon. This doesn’t leave me much time outside of meetings, classes and work to work on what concerns me most. Maybe my priorities are wrong. Maybe I just need to work on my sleep schedule. Right now, all I need to do is get through this weekend. For the past week or so, no matter what I’m working on, I just keep listening to Ben Howard. All of his music relaxes and inspires me. One song in particular, not only relaxes and inspires me, but is completely relatable: “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong…”  There are so many things to do when you’re a RA and adding all the other things that life throws at you can make you feel like things are actually impossible. Things are not impossible. You just need to find some music that speaks to you and that makes you feel more relaxed while working on tasks that need to be completed.

Keep your heart strong.

<3 Kir

 

RA conferenced out.

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Well. I thought I would update you this evening. We have returned safely from our RA conference. I survived two four-hour car rides, two  presentations, one roll call and several long info sessions all with under 35 minutes of sleep last night! From 3:25 until 4:00 am!

Sometimes I wonder how I do it…. But then I just realize I rarely ever do it, and if I do… it is not gracefully.

This is all that I can manage right now. So, so sleepy.

Ask questions about the conference and how it went and I will respond to them specifically!

Get lots of sleep.

<3 Kir

Hey Did Ya Hear?!

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I’m doing NaBloPoMo November 2012! yeeha!

Alright, incase you haven’t the slightest trickle of knowledge as to what I’m talking about, let me tell you.

Na-National

Blo-Blog

Po-Posting

Mo-Month

It’s idea is for bloggers to post once a day (except weekends) for the whole month!

Clearly I’ve slacked this week. But… to make up for it, I will be overloading you with amazing posts this week!

If your interested in finding more out about NaBloPoMo check out Blogher!

 Right now… I will just tell you what I am doing. I am not going to bed tonight because I have to leave at 430 am to drive to a Resident Assistant conference. Yeeha… I’m presenting twice at the conference about my Pinterest Show & Tell program! I have just completed putting together my little prezi for it at about 2:15am. Way to procrastinate, Kir!

Anyways. I thought since I finally got some pics of my Pin It! board, that I would show you those too.

Pin it here, suckas!

Kept available for residents!

Hope everyone has a good weekend. I may or may not die of exhaustion by sunday. :)

Stay pinned.

<3 Kir

Get Up and Vote!

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My campus has been buzzing with student groups and organizations that have taken it upon themselves to encourage everyone to vote. Which is great, because Lord knows college students need a kick in the butt to actually do anything.  It is the people who go out of their way to explain to the student groups and organizations why they refuse to vote. I found a blog called Campus Vote Project  that gave some really fantastic examples of reasons students have given during this 2012 race about why they will not vote. Hopefully you have all heard the reasons why you should vote… but if you haven’t:

1. Your vote counts… Right, like you haven’t heard that one before.

2. Do you have an opinion? Then VOTE.

3. Many of the issues will affect college students significantly, that means YOU should vote!

4. It is your right.

5. It is your chance to kick ’em where it counts.

6. Do you care about your Mom? Then VOTE.

7. Are you going to complain about who “wins the race”? Then VOTE.

8. Does healthcare affect you? Then VOTE.

9. There are more than two options for president… Shocked? You can still vote for Roseanne!

10. Dude… you get  a sticker. So VOTE!

If you don’t get it by now, you probably don’t deserve to vote.

<3 Kir