tired of it…..
I am a Resident Assistant at the UTB Dorms. Otherwise known as the Village at Fort Brown…..and I’m tired of this job.
It’s a good job, but it is so time consuming; especially since I”m practice teaching right now at schools which is the same as having a full time job. So…not only do I go to school all day…I come home twice a week to work at the dorms. On top of that, I’m supposed to have hall meetings, a study session for other RAs (which i think is stupid because we should not have to baby adults into studying), go to meetings for Lead RAs of which I am one, and i’m highly advised to go to activities on campus (even though i’m not here half the time). Plus, whenever we’re on call holding a phone…we are to tend to everyone’s needs such as someone being locked out, or someone’s key deprogramming, and when we’re on desk, we’re scheduled to be here 7pm - 3am.
I understand all the logic behind a lot of the stuff the RAs are asked to do here, but I often ask, why do we do all of this? I understand that residents need something to do to keep themselves sane…but we’re each asked to do one program a month for the residents (such as an activity, or game, or presentation). I ask myself, why do we need so many activities…there are 15 RAs for goodness sakes…I thought 1 a week would be a good….and to make it a good one….but 15 activities a month? holy crap.
On top of being an RA I’m also a Lead RA. Which means that on a certain week I am on backup and I can’t go further than 10 minutes away from the dorms. The thing I hate is that i have to go to an extra meeting….that’s pointless…because all the info in these meetings can be sent via email…why waste time? Then…i have to be at a stupid study session. Ugh.
I’m at the front desk right now. Working. Till 3 am. I have to go to Vela Middle School at 7:30…which means i need to get up by no later than 6:45. You do the math. This sucks.
This job wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have a life and other things to do. Even then…I’m growing weary of it. I’m burned out.