Life of an “RA” : Homecoming Revisited

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Photo credit: KOMUnews (flickr)

As promised, this week’s blog is going to be a continuation of last week’s Life of an “RA” : Homecoming.

First of all, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought–probably because we lost (by a field goal at that!). At one point I actually thought that the phone was broken and that I had missed all of the calls. (Apparently the other staff have been having this problem but, in general, I’m pretty paranoid when I’m on call.)

As I said in the post last week, part of being on-call includes going on rounds at 8pm, 11pm and 1 am. My on-call partner and I decided it would be a good idea to wait until 1:30 to go on our last round, just in case there were residents that were looking to avoid us. (I know, we’re so sneaky.) I didn’t have a problem with this decision since we were watching Mean Girls with a lot of the other staff members.–I find it easier to stay up when you’re in larger groups…I’m not sure why, but I do.

My first call of the night happened at 1:55am (I know because we have to record them). Noise violation. That’s no big deal: you just go up to the room, knock on the door and tell them to settle down. Next call–2:20am…from one of my coworkers. (Really?!?) Alcohol. Now, that’s a little bit of a trickier situation that I can’t delve into details about but, long story short, I was up until around 4am writing and information report because the other staff member didn’t want to handle the situation himself when he was fully able.

So, whatever, the whole situation was over. BED. NOW! As soon as I get all situation and comfortable the phone rings again. Another noise violation. Go up, check it out–it’s completely quiet.

All in all, there’s nothing to fear. You realize that all the training you had in August was worth it. You realize that you didn’t forget everything like you thought you would since you’ve never had anyone actually call the phone when you’re on-call. You realize that sleep, even though it turns into extended naps sometimes, is a wonderful thing.

…Now to conquer being on-call for Halloween. Wish me luck!

Life of an “RA” : Homecoming

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Photo credit: KOMUnews (flickr)

Guess what? (No, not chicken butt!) Mizzou’s 102nd Homecoming is this Saturday, October 26, 2013! If you’re a Mizzou fan you already know this and are super excited because this season we’ve been kicking butt and taking names! If you’re a ResLife staff member on-call this Saturday, you’re dreading it. I fall into both categories this week.

The way I see it, as I see everything else, there are a bunch of pros and cons. At a glance the pros would be:

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Photo credit: Anselmus (openclipart)

  • I saved the majority of the Hatch staff from doing this shift (which is a “thank you” gesture for helping me rearrange my on-call shifts to accommodate my travels back to St. Louis to support my sister through the birth of my nephew)
  • I won’t be the ONLY one on-call (because Homecoming is on a Saturday night, there will be a secondary on-call person to help me)
  • The football game is at 6pm (so I’ll get some quiet time…at least for my first round)

In all honesty, since this is my first (and last) Homecoming as a student staff member I’m not quite sure what to expect.

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Photo credit: raemi (openclipart)

Right now I’m assuming that I’ve made a mountain out of a molehill but it might be justified. The cons at the top of my list are:

  • On top of being Homecoming day, it’s also a Saturday (AKA, a lot of residents will tailgate, go to the game, come back, pre-game, and then go out)
  • I am expected to do three rounds at 8pm, 11pm, and 1am (normally I have trouble staying up till midnight)
  • I don’t really have time for dinner (I have to work at the front desk until it’s almost time to be on-call)

In next week’s blog I’ll post about how it went. Wish me luck!

P.S.- Gooooooo Tigers!! M-I-Z

Life of an “RA” : Being On-Call

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Photo credit: adinuryadin (openclipart)

Much like doctors, student staff members are expected to be on-call. Although we don’t normally–knock on wood– have to handle medical situations like doctors, we are expected to go through the building two-to-three times a night to make sure everything is running smoothly. We also make sure that the fire extinguishers are fully charged and that there’s no noise violations or alcohol in the hall.

Now, sometimes things get rough. Days (or sometimes nights) where there are home football games are one example. Family Weekend, which was last weekend was also crazy. Homecoming—that’s an ENTIRELY different story and usually a crazy one. But you get the point. Weekends are normally more crazy than the weekdays simply because residents will “pre-game” in the halls before going out for a night on the town.

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Photo credit: the1pony (flickr)

So what are we supposed to do if we find a violation in the residence hall. We write an IR! These are wonderful, in depth and fully detailed reports that describe what happened when and where and so on and so forth. At best they take an hour to write.

Sometimes you get lucky when you’re on call and after you do your rounds you can go to bed. This has been my experience so far *knock on wood* . This streak will break– I volunteered to be on-call on October 26, which is Homecoming. Wish me luck!