(via untralife)Source: whatshouldwecallresidence
The dynamic of Victory’s staff:
Victory, in my opinion, has one of the most diverse staffs on campus. We each have a very unique skill set, personality and even physical appearance. Though we are all extremely different, we are one of the closest groups you will ever meet. We all love each other, but there are some who hang out with certain people more than others. Janaia hangs out with Aleesha often, Jonna and Adam hang out, Aleesha has been best friends with Jamael for a long time and Jami and I connect when we’re both not busy. At the beginning of the semester, Janaia, Nasheen and I sat down in the cafeteria and had an hour long conversation about cultural differences and religion. Nasheen, who is originally from Bangladesh, introduced us to a totally new world. It was one of the most interesting conversations I’ve ever had. Also, I frequently participate in conversations with Aleesha and Janaia about the prevalence of race in our everyday lives. I regularly give Darius advice about women and nerd out with Jessica and Jonna. I love seeing subtle pieces of myself in the personalities of those around me, especially those who I work with. I never thought I’d be as close to anyone I work with as I am to the other RAs at Vic. This only makes me even more grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be an RA. Unfortunately, about five of the current RAs are leaving after this semester. I’ll be sad to see them go, but I’m glad I can welcome in new members of our little family with open arms. I wonder who will join us next?
(via catzandcolorz)Source: rainingbackwards
I can honestly say that most of the community at Victory is just that — a community. Residents do so much together. I can feel the people around me (coworkers and residents alike) connecting more and more every day. I ride the elevator with someone and they become my friend. I get a 10-minute key for someone and they remember my name. I talked to a girl named Chiazo for over an hour the other day simply because I made her laugh after a hard test. It’s the small interactions like that that make the most lasting difference. I’m so proud of the little world I’ve been able to help establish for residents. The girls on my floor are very friendly for the most part. I talk with at least two almost every day. Though there are about three who I have to reeeally reach out to, the majority are very open and sweet. Our study room is often occupied by at least two people. Everyone recognizes me. Many girls write something on my white board. Strangely enough, I talk to residents who AREN’T in my wing more than the girls who are. A guy named Rick talked to me on the bus today for about 15 minutes. Chiazo isn’t my resident, nor is British, Renee or Jenn. I suppose it’s a good thing that residents who aren’t mine feel comfortable talking to me and coming to me with their problems. A few weeks ago, I even helped Rick pick out a promise ring for his girlfriend. That was an awesome feeling. I’ve gotten to experience little moments like that so many times in the past few months and I’ve loved them all. I know this picture is silly, but I can’t help it! No one has swagga like VIC!
(via p0sies)Source: ruinedchildhood
I had a hard time figuring out what to write about, so I decided to just write about things that make me happy right now!
1. My Zeta big Caroline. We’ve only known each other for about two months, but I already feel so connected to her. I know we’re going to be great friends for a very long time. This is also some affirmation that I CAN make friends outside of housing! (LOL)
2. My boyfriend, Taylor. He just asked me to be his girlfriend the other day! I’m so excited to have him in my life. I met him in my digital media writing class. He’s smart, funny and very cute. I’m glad I can be my dorky self in front of him. For our first date, he took me sailing! It was AWESOME.
3. My job. I’m so grateful to have this job. It’s like I’m constantly surrounded by family. Just this afternoon, I was just coming back from class and a meeting for the RLA selection committee. I went behind the desk to flip in and I ended up talking to Ricky for over an hour. I love that I can so easily connect to everyone around me.
For my program without any limit on resources:
If I could take my residents to do anything in the world, I would take them all to a Mavs game. I’ve always loved basketball and I’ve played it for about a decade. I firmly believe that team sports build character and leadership while also keeping players healthy and happy. That’s what I want for my residents; independence, confidence and happiness. I think taking them to a basketball game would bring them closer together in an amazing, electric atmosphere. Even if they don’t play basketball, the sport is easy to bond over and it’s still a social setting. It’s also pure, unadulterated fun. By the way, I chose a photo of Dirk Nowitzki, specifically, because I’ve always admired him for staying a grounded, humble, wonderful player. He stays true to his roots and loves what he does. I want that for my girls so bad! Anyway, I’m so sorry, Yo, for this being late! See you tomorrow :)
I don’t know why, but this little kitty reminded me of how I entered my freshman year (and how I assume many others do as well). I jumped in, head first, and couldn’t find where I fit in. I made some adjustments, stumbled a little, and even messed aaaall the way up a few times. Luckily, I found a box that fit my life. I would love to find more ways to help my residents find theirs. I think it may be a bit easier for them because many of my girls are athletes. Their teams provide a kind of circle (or box, in this case) in and of themselves. There are other ways in which freshmen stumble though. Whether it be academically, socially or emotionally, I’m proud to be there for my girls. And no matter how many boxes I have to find, these kitties WILL find their perfect fit :)
(via catzandcolorz)Source: kittywiggly