Thursday, September 4, 2008

Resident Advisor 101

Hello Blog World!
SO I promise I am going to try and be better about this. I really love blogging. I am not really sure that anyone reads this, but I just like the idea of being able to share stuff via the internet. Also, I really love writing. I wish I practiced it more and had taken more classes at the University. I always wanted to be a writer when I was younger... but I never really developed the talents to do that. So anyway, here is my shot at e-publishing.

SO! I am a Resident Advisor at Bursley Hall at the University of Michigan, which is actually a huge accomplishment. They interview from over 500 or so candidates, and roughly 120 students get the job. That means this is an accomplishment... but it also means it is a lot of work. I took a Residence Education class last semester for 2 credits, and I came to school 3 weeks early for some really intense training to get ready for my residents. The training was amazing, and I know I have learned as much from this experience (if not more) than from many classes I have taken.

My residents moved in August 26, 2008, so soon we will have been living with eachother for two weeks! They are some really awesome girls, I am excited to be with them. I really have tried to focus on building strong relationships with them from the beginning, so that throughout the year they will be a lot more successful and my job will be a lot less stressful.

It is so interesting seeing them adjust to this new environment, it makes me reflect on how I felt when I first came to school. Even though I am a very strong, outgoing and optimistic person... it was a really difficult time in my life. Most students are leaving their families for the first time, adjusting to harder classes, missing friends (maybe boyfriends) from home, and being exposed to whole lot of things they had never seen before. AH! SO many things at once!

I feel really privileged, and very prepared at the same time to be working with them. I know that I am supposed to be doing this job, because I have been blessed with gifts that will really help them. I already see them becoming close with one another, trying to take leadership within the hall, trying to solve problems on their own and acclimate themselves to college life. Not to say that this job is without struggles, but it is really a great experience. I love working with people, helping them, empowering them and ultimately making them feel comfortable in their own shoes. I hope that I can have this kind of impact in people's lives long term... I just have to find what I should do to get there.

Well, that is all for now. I love life right now. I am taking some CRAZY classes, but I really feel like I am giving myself ample time to conquer all that is on my plate. This year is about shaping my future baby! And oh how bright it looks :)!!

Lots of love,


p.s. This is my super cool dorm!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Trip to Ohio

Hello! So in June John's brother Josh moved to Columbus, OH to do his residency. So John and I took a trip out there one weekend shortly after they moved to say hello and for me to meet everyone. Josh and his wife Lara, are awesome as are there three kids. We also took the opportunity to visit with my Aunt Irene who lives north of there. I got to visit my Grandpa's headstone, and also put some flowers on his grave. That was my first time to see his grave site since he was buried.

My aunt took us to this great park on the way back where we took a ton of pictures, and I got this great one of John with this awesome peacock. I kind of like to think he is my peacock... he has to show off every now and then ; )

Lots of blogging love,


Rachel Comes to Visit

Hello! Rachel (one of my best friends from HS) came to visit me in May right after she got out of school. We had way too much fun! Here are some pics from her trip!


So I really stink at posting on this blog! I have 3 blogs now (2 public, 1 private), clearly I have overwhelmed myself. Well, the next few posts will be an attempt to catch everyone up on my life from the past few months.

Here is some pics from my AGD (Alpha Gamma Delta) Formal. My mom came up for the weekend and took pictures, she and I had so much fun.

This is my pledge class, they are so amazing. There is also some of me and John, we started officially dating a few weeks later. It has been 5 months and we are still together, he is an amazing guy! More to come on him later...

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