Today, I moved in for senior year! But wait, why so early!? Because tomorrow, I will begin training as one of the Head Residents for #williamandmary . - Coming into college, I did not originally have working for residence life as a commitment on my radar. However, after having a fabulous RA as a freshperson in Spotswood hall (in Botetourt), I realized how awesome of a job being an RA truly is. This, as a sophomore I worked as the RA in Eagle G (in the Green & Gold Village), and as a junior I worked as an RA in Hunt Hall (for the H3RD, as the 3rd floor called ourselves). And this year, as aforementioned, I will be working as one of the Head Residents. - While being an RA involves a large variety of tasks, my favorite part of the job has been using creativity & outside-the-box thinking to recognize & appreciate others, as well as to foster inclusive & supportive communities. One of my favorite initiatives I've done with residents was several "Discussions from the Fishbowl", whereby residents and I would write questions on fish-shaped papers; put them in a bowl (or pile); and go around in a circle, taking turns drawing the questions & talking about them. - Finally, another awesome aspect of residence life is that the skills & ideas are not just restricted to college residence halls; they can be applied to many different facets of life. As such, here is a suggestion that I've used in res life but hope to extend beyond res life this year: Keep a stash of "shout-out" notes, and randomly give them to people - friends, coworkers, supervisors, people you see a lot but don't interact with much, etc. - throughout the day! - @allaboutorange
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