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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

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

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

 

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

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