Written by Jenni Chadick, Assistant Director of Residence Life
It’s now Friday of the first week of school, and somehow it already feels like we are mid-semester. Perhaps that’s because in Res Life land we’ve trained all 60 of our student leaders, welcomed new students to campus 2 weeks ago, and opened our doors to all 1500+ residential students. I’ve already had a few conversations about getting involved in RHA, worked through roommate challenges, and yes even a few conduct cases have arose. That’s the nature of Residence Life! Once we open our doors, we are in it. And I love it.
As I think back on this past week, I can’t help but feel proud and accomplished of the great team we have in Residence Life to support our students. The student leaders we hire in February range from the type-A extrovert that move-in day last year was asking about becoming an RA, to the quieter leader who doesn’t say much in an interview or training session but when they do it changes everything, to the student athlete, to the Greek Life student, to the musician, to that academic. Our leaders represent all that Puget Sound has to offer, all driven by a common desire to make Puget Sound a home for students.
It may sound a bit lovey-dovey, pie-in-the-sky, and self-congratulatory, and that is okay. I truly believe our our student staff. The RAs, the RCCs, the RPAs, the GHCs, all of them have the opportunity to create a legacy. To make a difference, to shape our future. And coming out of our training and into the thick of it, I’ve already seen some amazing things. The increased self confidence from the apprehensive interviewee to the enthusiastic greeter. The tokens of appreciation between budding friends, notes on whiteboards and high-fives in the diner. The critical conversations working through different viewpoints of new roommates, suite mates, and housemates. These small moments, the passing head nods, and overheard conversations, are the moments that only happen when our campus is alive with student energy. And even on a damp and dreary day like today fill me with the energy to do my job better, more completely, and with the same youthful enthusiasm of our students. So I guess my reflections on training are really a thank you, on behalf of our department to our dedicated students. Thank you for your perseverance your time and energy, your dedication, and most of all your spirit! Our department cannot do a darn thing without you.
We are off to another great year in Res Life, and I can’t wait to see what is in store!