How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

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Hey you guys!–Goonie reference there.

I just wanted to share with everyone today, one of the simplest, most rewarding things a resident can do for their RA.

Note left for me on my whiteboard!

It’s nothing but a few marks made on a board. It means nothing to a passerby. It was probably an honest but innocent act from the residents… but it has such an impact on the receiving end. It is one of those times that makes you think of all the good that comes from this 24/7, awkward, daunting and sometimes ugly job. I’m so appreciative of all the residents that I get to know through the year. I hope that I make as much a difference in their lives as they make in mine. This helps to solidify my plans for my future.

Bring it on, future student affairs world!

Make a mark on someones day.

<3 Kir

 

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October-1, Kir-0

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Alright. I am admitting this: October kicked my ass.

I actually spent about a week total in the month of October feeling extremely down. Like everyone above the age of ten can probably attest to, I have way too much shit floating around in my mind.

I have classes. I have family. I have friends. I have applications. I have the GRE. I have work. I have bills. I have RA duty. I have RA programs. I have RA meetings. I have RA bulletin boards. I have RA door decs. I have no time.

All of these things in October became a little to heavy for me to carry. I didn’t get one of my programs completed in October, so now I have three in November. HA. I thought October was bad. November will be hell. No doubt.

On a brighter note, I thought I would die before making it to November… But I’m still cookin’ with gas!

No matter how difficult and gloomy the future may seem at any given moment…

“Keep your head up, Keep your heart strong.”-Ben Howard

<3 Kir

Paranormal Activity 4…

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Pooped. My. Pants.

I went to see Paranormal Activity 4 with my friend Becky (girl on left in pic). I’m not sure how she saw the movie when she was using her scarf to blindfold herself. Like that would save her from the demon possessed children. Well, anyways. We were screamin’. 

I do not believe that my residence hall is clear of …spirits. I mean, It’s been around since 1928… Come on. People had to have died here. Students probably brought their demon followers here when they moved in, and it’s just old and creepy. I can’t think of a better place to have a haunting. I am no expert in ghost chasing, I would assume it is similar to storm chasing. Someone spots a funnel cloud; those futuristic vehicles are there! Someone witnesses a creepy happening; ghost chasing people come? Must be. Alright. Basically this post is: me thinking about how bad I wanted to crap my pants on my walk down the long corridor to get to my room, alone.

Our hurr stands on end when we are scurred.

That is all. I just thought that you all should know that I’m shaking in my boots.

Big, tough RA over here!

<3 Kir

Squirrel Tail Parachutes!

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Well, that’s just a fantastic shot.

What’s up guys! Well the 15th of the month has passed, and I have updated my bulletin board once again. Whew. Sorry this post is a little late, but shit happens.

Can you guess what my board is about?

If I could leave it this way, I would!

But I can’t. So I won’t. Each board has to be educational. If you are having a brain fart and need inspiration for a bulletin board I suggest “googling” the month you’re making the board in. For instance, this board was created in October. I googled October and came up with a bunch of different “Awareness Months “. It took me, uh, 12 minutes to find one that suited my quirky personality.

Sneak peak of the corner…

I transferred these die cut leaves from my first board to this second board! Awesome time saver. Also, I tacked ribbon around the edges to cover up my imperfect edges! :)

Squirrel Dude!

This is my friend “Squirrel Dude”. I first introduced him to my floor on my first board. I then decided it was quite necessary to carry him through the semester with us! So, here he is. Coincidentally, my board is about:

Squirrel Awareness Month!

SQUIRRELS!

I filled the board with interesting facts! Did you know squirrels use their tails as parachutes if they fall?! Woah baby that is so cool. Right? I have to get me one of those tails. Anyways, I also threw some adorable photos of squirrels up there as well.

Alright. I just wanted to show you all what I’ve been up to! :)

Stay Squirrely.

Praying for Sandy’s victims.

<3 Kir

 

 

Duty Cooties

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Circle circle dot dot, now I have the cootie shot.–Felt this way when we “equally divided up duty(cooties).”  That is when I thought,

” Okay, I have 5 other RAs splitting duty with me in the hall… not so bad, right?”

Circle circle, square square, now I’ve got ’em everywhere!–Feel this way every time I look at my calendar.  Cooties freaking everywhere. I believe it tends to go a little something like this: I’m on duty on a Tuesday, I survive. I look on my calendar on Wednesday and I’m on duty on Thursday. Then I discover I’m on duty the following Monday and then Thursday again and then I have weekend duty! oh for the love of the Lord Jesus Christ Almighty. It’s like my calendar keeps accumulating cooties and all I want to do is slow down the days in between, you know the ones without the cooties! Uck!

Weekend duty cooties. The worst.

So this last weekend was “Fall Break” at my school. This means that (all) three/four of the Friday classes that we do have… have off and we resume on Monday. Great break, guys. Thanks! So I guess everyone went home this weekend. Maybe just the label, “Fall Break” makes people think its something spectacular unlike the other weekends of the same length. (Except for the three Friday class people). Anyways there was a total of seven open doors, Friday and Saturday combined. This did not make for much social action. :/

I did try to keep myself busy by studying for the GRE. (Congrats to PotentialProf who completed the GRE!) You’ve encouraged me to embrace the exceptionally frightening process! Thanks!

I calculated my pace out to learning 20 vocabulary cards a day until the day of the test (Nov. 17th) to have a word bank stuffed in my noodle, ready to rock and roll the day of the test!

I’ve got a plethora of vocab cards!

I suppose that’s all. Hope I didn’t pass the cooties along to anyone.

Lesson of the day?–Don’t let the cooties get ya down, It’s a job…A job that allows you to study a plethora of things while on duty!

Circle Circle, dot dot now you’ve got the cootie shot. :]

<3 Kir

I Took That Fire Down!

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Woah. By far coolest session of RA training thus far! You might be thinking, as many of us have, why after midterms? Why wait til a half of semester’s worth of potential fires has elapsed? Well, people are busy, schedules conflict… everything that we all deal with on a daily basis occurs. But we did it! That is all that matters. Get over it!

We gained quite a bit of  information, like different kinds of fires, different kinds of fire extinguishers, and proper techniques to effectively put out a fire with a five-pound fire extinguisher! Yeeeeha!

Five Pounder!

I was excited at first that we only had to use the five-pound extinguishers. Honestly, each extinguisher looks about 12.5 lbs heavier then it is in reality, and for that reason I wanted the lightest one I could get!

Watching people try to put out their fires with ten pound extinguishers, and fail… Well, it was in that moment that the dark secret of extinguishing… was exposed: the lighter the extinguisher, the less cold, white foam you had to work with. Yikes… do you know what that means? We do not have much upper hand against blazing flames.

I mean since I could see the fire being lit and I was standing with the pin pulled…I took that fire down like a freakin champNot that difficult… 

Then the instructor reminded us that generally in a real fire situation… we don’t have the privilege of knowing that the fire is being lit and us instantly being there ready to put it out… We will most likely run out white stuff before the fire is out. No big deal.

I don’t really have anything to teach you in this post, but I guess if you’re contemplating whether or not to actually attend your fire extinguishing training… Do it!

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.”–Daniel J. Boorstin

Thanks for stopping in!

<3 Kir

Two Mice and a Bat

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This post, if you couldn’t tell by the title, is about rodents and cave residing animals and unfortunately this fall is crawling with the fuzzy things.

To start off, I would like to explain to those who are less familiar with the RA’s responsibilities, just how broad the list of duties is. Speaking of duty, this is what we call our “on call nights”. The phrase, “I’m on duty” is the most overused phrase in the RA vocabulary. The fantastic part about living inside of my head is listening to my mind say “doooody doody doody”, anytime I hear someone say duty. Tantalizing experience. Let me tell you.

Back on topic! A resident assistant is most often compared to the following positions (list is limited for your sanity): police officer, mother, babysitter, planner, decorator, friend, mediator, mentor, therapist and exterminator. There are so many roles and tasks that RAs take on. Eventually not many things can make us flinch.

This is what mice are supposed to look like.

That being said, this semester we have had two mice and a bat in the residence hall. I was there for one of the mouse hunts and for the bat chase. I have to laugh at the irony in the bat choosing to fly into our residence hall. This hall was built in the late 1920’s and feels like a cave. Such a jokester bat.

The mouse hunt is what really gets my senses flowing. I seriously had the best time searching for this little rodent. The resident who saw the mouse run across her room… less than excited. I had to dig around in a room with a substantial amount of stuff laying about. This, is the scariest part of mouse hunting. Mice can fit anywhere… anywhere! So when you have no idea what is behind a stack of paper plates, or inside the paper bag… This shit gets nuts. Oh, and after digging and searching so long your mind starts to think that it is seeing something. It’s not. This makes the search much more challenging because you’re constantly whipping your head every direction to make sure it’s not creeping up on you. Because, you knowMice have a mouth like a cactus and only eat RAs…

I’m joking. Please understand that. Sarcasm.

The following is an example of the dialogue occurring during my mouse hunt… This specific set of dialogue repeated about 4 times throughout the evening.

“Shit! there it is!!”–“Where?!”–“There!!!”–“Oh! eeeeeeek!!”–“DAMMIT!”

Eventually we had to call it quits and wait for maintenance to come in and set up a mouse trap.

Question: What animals/insects would you be afraid of encountering on a duty call?

Thought you all might enjoy a story.

<3 Kir