residence life

Telling your residents to keep quiet during Quiet Hours.
  • 1st try: Hey guys! Y'all sound like y'all are having so much fun. Do you mind if I close your door? Thanks! :)
  • 2nd try: *knock knock* Hi! It's a bit loud in here. Let's try to keep it down. Thanks! :)
  • 3rd try: *kick down the door* LISTEN HERE, YOU DUMB MOTHER FUCKERS!! IT'S QUIET HOURS AND YOU ASSHOLES DON'T SEEM TO KNOW HOW TO SHUT THE FUCK UP. SO EITHER SHUT YOUR FUCKING CUM HOLES OR GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE BUILDING!! PERSONALLY, I DON'T GIVE A SHIT! BUT DON'T MAKE ME COME BACK IN HERE AND HAVE TO WRITE YOU UP BECAUSE ITS TOO FUCKING LATE AND IM TOO FUCKING TIRED TO DO THE FUCKING PAPER WORK!!! Thanks! :)
Being an RA and being in Walmart at almost midnight is tough.

I was in the checkout line at Walmart when I saw some residents from my building in line with a case of beer each.

They saw me.

I saw them.

We locked eyes.

They got nervous and tried to explain: “Uh. We aren’t going back to campus with this. We’re going to a party off campus.”

My response: “Does this look like a residence hall to you?”

Them: “… no?”

Me: “Drink responsibly. Bye.”

Incident reports are not happening tonight. Not happening!

Residents not understanding the role of the RA

“Can you do my laundry?”

“Can I get a wake up call at 6:00?”

“My mom is pissed over nothing, could you talk to her?”

“There’s a used tampon in the shower! Get rid of it!”

“The toilet is clogged…can you fix it, please?”

“Hey, I have a question - so this morning when I was going to the bathroom I noticed a really odd colored dischar-”

Winter ideas!

I know many RAs will be heading home soon for break, but I have been getting a ton of questions about Winter ideas. Since winter will probably be here until Spring break (well, it is here in the good-old Midwest) I figured this is definitely something worth posting :)

Bulletin Boards:

-Winter Car Tips (Have cheap kitty litter in trunk if you get stuck, if you’re stuck check that exhaust pipe isn’t covered/blocked, keep gas at over ¼ full so it doesn’t freeze, etc)
-Drinking risks in winter (hypothermia, passing out in the snow, driving, etc).
-Warm up the Grinch (Have a cut-out of the Grinch with a bunch of small hearts around him. Residents can write what their favorite thing about winter is on the hearts).
-History of the snowball fight/snowman
-Polar Bear facts
-Snowology (snow facts)
-Hibernation: The Importance of Sleep
-Winter around the world
-____ things to do with snow.
-____ things to do in the winter.

Door Decs:

-Snowglobes
-Mugs
-Ugly Sweaters
-Reindeer
-Polar Bears
-Squirrels
-Sleds
-Snowmen
-Mittens-color your own

Programs:

-Hot chocolate bar (Bring your own mug, have sides of marshmallows or the fluff stuff and different flavor stuff to put in there, candy canes for stirring)
-Apple Cider bar (Same concept as ^)
-Tea or coffee bar (Again, same as ^)
-Chocolate-covered candy cane party/giveaway
-Winter cookie decorating exchange/party
-2014 floor/apartment/suite bucket list (can also do individual)
-Rice & Sock microwavable warmer thing (Pinterest has a ton of how-to ideas for them).
-Scarf making (get a bunch of cute fleece on clearance. Cute the ends to make them fringy. Again, look on Pinterest for ideas).
-Tie-blanket/pillow making (Expensive, but could be cute).
-Snowball fight
-Snowman making/contest
-Snow painting (have old dish-soap bottles full of water and food coloring. Residents can write and color in the snow).

Other than the driving hazards and feeling like I’m going to fall on my way to class, I love winter. I really want to help my residents take advantage of winter this year, especially through programs. Hopefully this post helps you all :) Let me know if you have suggestions to add!

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We have quite a few theme dorms on-campus. Every year, Res Life asks current students to propose the theme dorms they’d like to see on campus next year. One of our most popular theme dorms is Tir na nOg, our sci-fi/fantasy theme dorm. The buildings in which Tir na nOg is placed every year have beautiful windows that students decorate with glass paint. Here is a sampling of some of those windows, ranging widely in fandoms!

Famous RAs?

We’re trying to compile a list of famous or pretty well known people who were RAs. Here’s what I have so far. 

Tyler Oakley (YouTube) – Michigan State University

Adam Sandler – New York University

Sheryl Crow – University of Missouri at Columbia

Hillary Clinton – Wellesly College

Katie Couric – University of Virginia

Rusty Greer (MLB, Texas Rangers) – University of Montevallo

Jerry O’Connel – New York University

Donald Glover (Community, Mystery Team) – New York University

Do you know of any others?