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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
4:42 pm
anyone going to NACA this weekend??
Sunday, July 2nd, 2006
10:45 pm
Anyone still job searching...
Wondering if anyone else on here is still job searching? I'm waiting on a hopeful offer this week. I know it's getting to be later in the process...

Just wondering.
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
11:34 am
hi guys,
(if this post isn't OK just delete it...)

i'm looking for you to help other college students. i'm publishing an article called "freedom overload" in http://www.collegebound.net in the fall.

FROM MY EDITOR: As pitched, new college students are often overwhelmed by the amount of freedom they have for the first time in their lives. Share interesting real student stories of how too much of a good thing turned bad, and what they had to do to get back on track. Find specific anecdotes -- maybe a student who actually had to go back home after one semester, or a student who was "saved" by his/her school's student center or RA -- followed by some great expert advice on how to balance newfound freedom with responsibility, and/or what resources colleges have to help students adjust. Please include student photos.

I'm looking for anyone who overloaded on freedom and had to get their act together, or even wound up getting kicked out of school. 
1. How did it affect them? 
2. Did they get their act together and how? 
3. What advice do they have for other students?
4. What are the good and bad points of having more freedom at school? What can students do to enjoy it but not lose themselves?
5. As an RA what do you advise students to do with their freedom?

If anyone can help, please email me at jerseygal526@yahoo.com with answers to the above questions. Include your name, age, school attended and attach a 300dpi headshot. I will confirm with you before anything is published.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
3:02 am
My October BB
Hey guys...this community has been kind of slow lately, so I thought I'd just add some photos that I took tonight of my new bulletin board =)

There was a contest in our community... whoever had the best bulletin board (as voted by the Office Assistant staff) would get one duty night covered! Sounded reason enough for me to get extra competitive.

Bad photo, but you get the idea...Collapse )

People on this community should REALLY start posting their bulletin board pics again!! They're great inspiration!
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
2:15 pm
Please help me with this survey. It only takes a short time

I am currently a Master's student in the IUP Student Affairs in Higher Education program and we are doing an informal study of college students and their responses to a survey that our class has constructed. I would greatly appreciate any and all responses for this survey. You may send them to my email at mmzl@iup.edu.  

1)    This is for the purpose of a class discussion only (i.e., it will not be published anywhere).
2)    Your responses will be anonymous and will be combined with others.
3)    Your participation is purely voluntary and you may stop at any time.

Read more...Collapse )

Thursday, March 17th, 2005
9:15 am
door decs
Hey all!

I am presenting a program at our RA drive-in training conference next month and it's on creative door decs and bulletin boards.

I already have an arsenal of examples and ideas, but it still doesn't seem like enough. :)

PLEASE send your ideas, photos, or other examples to jess_amazing at hotmail *dot* com, or comment below with them. I would much appreciate it, and will even credit you if you give me your name/school!

Thanks all! I can't wait to see what creative things you've come up with!!!


X posted to reslife, rha

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, January 29th, 2005
3:57 pm
Hey RAs,

What are some of the most successful ways that you have advertised for a program…a floor meeting…passive programming…etc??

What are some of the best online resources for putting advertising together? (like clipart sites and stuff)

Post pictures if you have ‘em
Friday, September 24th, 2004
12:14 pm
Hey, I just stumbled across this site and found it really interesting. I'm a second year RA up in Canada at my school. It's kind of funny that I found this today because I'm leaving for a Res. Life conferance today too. Weird.

Current Mood: geeky
Saturday, August 7th, 2004
9:51 am
Hey Rezlife gang!

I am putting together a training session on programming and b-boards...
I'm looking for d-photos of any really successful(based on how YOU feel it turned out) board that YOU have made to include in a powerpoint!
I will give you props durring the presentation if desired!
please send the files to my email:

Thank you!
Anna Schwartz
RD, Oberlin College
Wednesday, August 4th, 2004
8:19 pm
community for dorm guys

We're the guys living on campus. High School/Academy/College/University IT DOESN"T MATTER!! You may love it or hate it. You have an annoying roommate? We've all had one! Financial office being a thorn in your side?! Tell us about it. Cafeteria food keeping you alive... i'm sorry. Up all night studying/partying/chatting/vacuuming/eating ramen... hey ya gotta do it sometime! We've got our own lives to deal with, tests to fail, scholarships to keep, and deans to impress. Keep it down to earth. This is the real deal. No sugar coating going on here. Feel free to bitch about your day, or share the moment you out smarted that one professor. Be proud of your educational career, no matter how dull it may be.

Current Mood: mellow
Sunday, August 1st, 2004
12:22 pm
Many colleges and universities have unofficial LJ’s for residents to ask questions and blow off steam. These are “safe spaces” for students. Staff members often feel left out with no space of their own. Because Live Journal has become such a staple in many young professional’s lives it became necessary to create a private zone for pro-staffers!
This community is a response to a demonstrated need.
Kickback and relax…OR ask advice and gather info and support.
reslifeprostaff today!
Tuesday, May 25th, 2004
11:39 am
Staff expectations
I am working on a few things for my staff for the fall year (where I will be a Residence Hall Director). I was wondering if you could all offer some pieces of advice you might have.

Also what are some expectations that you, as an RA, have for your supervisor.

What do you think are some basic staff expectations.

Any other info you could offer would be great.

Thursday, May 6th, 2004
1:11 pm
Help with team builders
Hey everyone,

I need some help coming up with team building activities that are suitable for an office/professional setting, and don't require much space (yay boardrooms...)

Any ideas?

Saturday, May 1st, 2004
4:03 am
*sits and ponders*

I think becoming an RA just payed off. This may sound stupid, but I like to rant about these situations I go through.

This has probably been one of the most congratulating nights though. A really good friend / resident that I've been getting to know was involved. No names, b/c thats just wrong.

I was watching a movie in Trevs room, when I heard someone say, "Hey come here J, 'Bob' isn't waking up."

I got up, and jumped into action. I followed the people to find out where 'Bob' was. I watched them try to wake him up, and watched as he layed there, unresponsive. I let the two guys know that I was there, and I saw the fear in their eyes of what was going on. They continued to try to wake him up gently, and I said, screw that shake him. They started to shake his arm, and he wouldn't respond.

J had a bottle of propel on him, and decided to pour a little of it on his lips. That, along with some violent shaking finally got 'bob' to wake up. I got near him, and could smell the alcohol on him. Heavy scents... almost sickening.. but he got up, and started to notice that there were people in the room. It took him about 5 minutes to finally wake up, and actually start talking to us.

Meanwhile, I'm sitting here in my head, trying to figure out whether or not to call EMS, b/c this kid was really giving me a scare. Even though he was giving me a scare... I kinda had an idea about what was going on. Bob finally got awake enough to try to hold a conversation, when I decided to get his RA that was watching the movie with me. I had explained what was going on, and we both decided to go survey the situation a little more before making the decision about calling for help.

I came back into the room to find Bob kinda startled that I had left to get someone else. I was talking about running if we had called someone. So I told him what I was doing. His RA had a pretty good idea of what was going on as well, so he asked the other residents to leave the room so that we could talk with Bob.

Through minimal questioning, we both find out that our ideas are correct. See, Bob has a sister that he is really worried about. His sisters best friend committed suicide 2 weeks ago. Bob decided to choose alcohol to try to figure out his problems.

Bob was really distraught. He wants to be there for his sister, but he is feeling that she isn't taking well to him trying to help. Bob, in a drunken stupor.. continued to tell us many times about what had happened to his sisters friend, how it happened even.

Bob broke down and started sobbing uncontrollably. We both sat down right next to him. We did the best we could to comfort him... but, trying to explain anything to someone plastered off their ass is near impossible. In one ear, out another...

We finally calmed Bob down, and he looked at us and said, "You wanna know what I'm the most upset about? My sister doesn't wanna believe in god because of what happened."
Now... there is no part of training that ever covers that stuff. No way in hell. Religion is one of those sticky issues. Some people try to use it as an advantage point, and others keep it to themselves... But, when someone talks about such a heavy issue like that... its hard to define your boundries.

How in the hell do we try to tackle such a thing? Honestly.. there are no lessons that you get taught during training for when that happens.

Both of us RA's have a good background on our religions, and, we both worked on talking to Bob about how sometimes you cannot explain why things happen, thats just the way it is sometimes.

I told him that the best thing he could possibly do is be the best big brother he could be to his sister, and that getting smashed to oblivion is not really the best example to set.

Bob explained to us how much he appreciated both of us RA's, and that he had talked to his mother about us before... and for some reason at that exact point, he decided to call home off his cell phone.

Yeah, not a great idea, that put his mother into a panic... along with his sister. Hes stumbling around on his words, about how crappy he is feeling about this situation, and how he wants to help his younger sister, and to be there for her... but he is having the hardest time with it. He started talking to his sister, when his sister asked to talk to one of the RA's there. He handed the phone to me.

I talked to his sister for about 5 minutes... explained to her that Bob wasn't in trouble.. that we wanted to make sure that he was ok. I really explained the situation to his sister... and said that he is just trying to figure out a way to be there to help the healing process along.

She thanked me, and then handed the phone over to her mother. The mother did the same, and then wanted to talk to her son again to tell him goodnight.

He finished up the convo with his mom... and then came back to us. We told him that we'd talk about it more with him in the morning. (We already had been there for about 45 minutes by this point)

We tucked him into bed, and he was out like a light...

We both looked at eachother and said... damn

Thats... what I like about being an RA
Friday, April 30th, 2004
8:33 pm
Last RA board of the year!!!
Hi RA superstars!!!

Here is my *last* RA board for the year. It took me a while to put these up because I keep forgetting my camera. But here it is. :)Dear ResidentsCollapse )

It was my best board yet; it was a difficult board for me to make. Anyway, hope y'all enjoy it. I've been documenting all of my RA boards this year so hope this wraps up the year nicely for you all. Also share your end of the year board pictures if you have them! :)
Saturday, April 17th, 2004
9:38 pm
New to the community
Hey everyone! I am new to the community. I recently graduated college after being an RA for three years. I am currently looking for AC and RD positions for grad school. I really loved being an RA and I miss the atmosphere of my staff and my residents!
7:28 pm
So here I am...on the first beautiful weekend here in Big Rapids...Sitting in my room ON DUTY!

Kinda puts a damper on it...

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
9:59 pm
staff conflicts
there has been a lot of tension on my staff lately. The most serious problem we have is a certain RA talking shit and gossiping about the rest of staff to our residents. It's become a big problem and is starting to unravel our team and authority within the building because the residents are seeing that the staff doesn't get along and one refuses to be a team player regardless of personal feelings. What would be the best way to address the situation? Our RD is even out of ideas.
Thursday, March 18th, 2004
5:35 pm
exam time stress
Our local paper ran a short article the other day about dealing with exam stress and visited the Wellness Fair at my university (University of Guelph), and by being "in the right place at the right time" I got interviewed for it...(I'm Catheirne :D)

Link to scan of the article.
Thursday, March 4th, 2004
4:14 am
my boards!
Hi Amazing RAs!!!

I haven't posted pictures of my bulletin boards for a while, so now I have for you Dec. 03, Jan and Feb. 04! (I haven't done my March one yet, it's going to be about culture jamming and civil creativity! Yaaay.)

here they are... takes forever to make!Collapse )</center>

I hope everyone's semesters have been going really great so far. My school's having spring break in 3 days, and it will be really nice to have time off to myself and catch up with schoolwork and knitting. :)
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