Closing Time – Residence Life

This year is my first time participating in closing procedures in Brumby Hall (or any residence hall), but I can already tell that it will be hectic. Last week, the graduate residents collected resident assistant (RA) and CLASS advocate (CA) schedules and created an electronic schedule for appointments and on-call shifts based on when they had finals. The scheduling was tedious and it quickly became obvious how hard my RAs/CAs would be working over the next three weeks.

The 2012-2013 Sunbury RA/CA ladies

The 2012-2013 Sunbury RA/CA ladies

Just when I was thinking about what would be appropriate to keep them motivated, a Facebook friend posted a picture of a goodie bag she made for her staff. My favorite part of her bag was the saying “We will survive closing”! Her messages resonated with me and I ventured over to my Pinterest board to look for ideas.

Ultimately, I decided to purchase four types of chocolate/candy:
Starburst
Hershey Kisses
Laffy Taffy
Mr. Goodbar (mixed back of Hershey Chocolate)

The messages included in the bag were:
KISS those finals jitters goodbye!
Thanks for being a STAR RA/CA!
We will survive closing
Don’t forget to LAFFY TAFFY
Its been a GOOD year

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Motivationbags

The finished bags!

I found very few thank you ideas for RAs on Pinterest but love that I was able to adapt other messages for my staff goodie bags. How do you keep your student staff motivated at the end of the year? Do you plan anything special for them during closing?

Love, meaning, and motivation

“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (posted on Reddit)

As a Practicum student for UGA’s Student Activities and Organizations office, I am lucky to participate in weekly staff meetings; this quote was on last week’s agenda and I wanted to share it with all of you. It serves as a good reminder for me about the importance of creativity in life  – don’t try to find it, make it! What do you do to make your own love, manufacture your own meaning, and generate your own motivation?