Question for everyone! I am a learning community mentor for an international/global affairs themed community and we have been struggling this year. We have had huge issues with lack of respect for the mentors, the RAs, the pro staff, and other students. This has ranged from ignoring meeting requirements, not attending programs (we've had 3 or 4 where no one has shown up), and posting extremely negative comments on the Facebook group we have set up. Do you have any suggestions on how to address the respect issue or the low attendance at programs?
Try engaging the students in creating programs. There is probably at least one resident who you have a good relationship with that is also close with the other residents - Have that resident take the lead in planning a program and chances are their friends will want to join.
Try having floor meetings in creative places - like in the middle of the hallway or have laundry meetings - offer each resident one free load of laundry if they attend the floor meeting - or try doing a lottery at the floor meeting - everyone drops a quarter in a jar and at the end of the meeting you draw a name of someone who attended and they win the jar of quarters.
I have tried these and my attendance for meetings/programs was usually 95-100%
Ever had a hard time thinking of what your New Year’s Resolution should be?
How many times have you made a resolution but felt terrible that you couldn’t keep it?
It seems that everyone we know makes outrageous New Year’s Resolutions. They have so much ambition which is amazing but their goals that they have set are not S.M.A.R.T goals. When these goals are not met, there are often feelings of failure which is not a way to start this wonderful New Year.
So click the link below. These are some New Year’s Resolutions that really encourage you to think of the little things that you can do this year that will make you happy and share those happy feelings with others. Because really, who doesn’t want happiness?
You think you have a crappy job? Like, actually poopy? I doubt this is true for many of you, if any.
As a young professional working in student housing you see your fair share of wild things, crazy things, things that make you shake your head and go WTF! And, as any Res Lifer can attest to - being on call sucks. The call I got the other night was none of those things, it was way worse.
So let me create this picture for you. Just imagine this. Sunday Night roughly 10:30pm. On call since the previous Tuesday - only 2 sleeps until I was rid of that dastardly on call mic-phone. I literally just stepped into my teeny apartment with the boyfriend, threw my hockey bag in the spare room to air out my gear. I was getting ready for my post game shower (because girls don’t shower at the hockey rink, they is nasty) and what do I hear - someone radio-ing me on that damn on-call phone.
"Hey sorry to bug you, but, uh, there is a flood at this building, should I call maintenance?"
'Well RA - How bad is the flood? Is it just a small leak? Where is the water?'
"It’s in a pump room and there is water - it’s not really stopping…"
'Alright, I'm on my way, meet me in the lobby'
So I get to the other building and take a walk down to the pump room. As I get closer I smell this rank odor lingering in the hallway. I didn’t think much of it because as you know, it is residence. As I get to the pump room the other RA is holding the door - giggling out of sheer panic.
Not just regular fresh clean water. NO, NO. The out going sewage pipe decided it was a great time to burst.
My first thought - SHIT - SHIT that is a lot of water. SHIT it is not stopping. SHIT is literally on the floor. Like itty bitty turds.
After my 10 second panic/anxiety attacked stopped and I got my wits back - Maintenance was called - but no answer. SHIT. After instructing the front desk staff to call a maintenance guy until one was available to come in I ran back with mops and wet/dry Vacs and fans and searched for the shut off. 15 minutes later my hero arrived and was able to make a repair that would last the night. Then vanished.
It was from then on until 1:30 am I was in a tiny pump room with two of my wonderful RA staff mopping and shop vac-ing shitty water off the floor. This stuff got everywhere. It stuck to the pipes, made its way to the corners, created a sludge. But what boggled my mind is that it wasn’t just poop in this water. There were shoelaces, panty liners and there was SO MUCH RICE! And vegetables. really? REALLY. I honestly don’t know if I can ever look at chicken fried rice the same ever again. But why are people flushing that? I didn’t understand - And quite frankly - I don’t think I ever want to.
So finally 1:30 am rolls around. Poop is cleaned. I have sprayed an entire bottle of disinfectant spray, used a full bottle of Air Freshener and threw away two brooms My nice cozy boots and socks are in the garbage and I am in a pair of my RA’s sandals. I warm up my trusty Honda and take the staff to McDonalds. Hell - We deserved a damn McFlurry.
So the next time you are thinking about how shitty your job is, just ask yourself, Did I clean up poop today? I know what my answer will be…..