Monday, August 18, 2008

Whew!

First of all, I have to apologize for my un-announced absence here. I'm not sure if I already mentioned this on the blog or not, but I am a Resident Assistant (RA) in one of the residence halls this year (it's actually an apartment building, but it's on campus so all the same campus rules apply). The past two weeks have been taken up by RA training and preparations for Move-in Day.

Basically, I've been getting up at ungodly hours of the morning, listening to seminars about topics ranging from diversity to how to use a fire extinguisher. Not to mention I've been kept up at ungodly hours of the night, working on "team-building" with my co-RA's and planning a skit for the roll-call competition at the end of the training week. It's been one heck of a time.

Despite the daunting training sessions, I really think I'm going to enjoy being an RA. Right now I'm simply drained from the past two weeks (and classes start Wednesday... yikes!) However, I think once I get into the routine of everything I'm going to like having that type of structure. Yes, I have a lot to do. Not only do I have the normal duties of walking the halls of my building and writing people up (I was up till 3:00 AM the other night breaking up a game of beer pong), but I have to plan both several educational and social programs to get my residents involved on campus. That will most likely be a futile effort, but hey, it will give me something to do.

Of course, I'm not just an RA. I'm also now an upperclassman, which means that my classes are becoming a bit more focused and involved. I'm also involved in what seems like 10,000 different student organizations, so I have lots of responsibilities and events in those areas as well. Somehow in all of this I want to read, work on my latest writing project, and find quiet time for God and Christian fellowship... oh yeah, and I want to blog too.

I'm used to feeling tired and involved. When I worked for my summer camp or the Duke TIP program, I was constantly doing something and I felt great about it, even though parts of it were draining. It's just the first year that my activity levels in college are so high. I fear that my days of endlessly roaming the blogosphere or Youtube are now gone, and that, you know, I'll actually have to do something every day.

Everyone knows those really involved kids in high school or college that somehow get everything done and seem to get it done perfectly. They always seem very perky and capable. Now that I know some of those kids personally (and now that I am one), I know that many struggle hard to keep their head above water, but at the same time there's something very rewarding about being involved. Or maybe it's just the fact that if you're one of the kids who doesn't drink, party, and likes to live on campus, it's your best gig.

Like I said, I hope to keep up the blog as much as possible this year, even though I'm doing a lot. I'm sure I'll have many great stories and experiences I'll want to share. My blog is, after all, two years old... and that means that it (like my college experience) is half-over. I hope the next two years are as awesome as the last.

Oh, and I was also recently pleasantly surprised that I made #49 on the list of "Top 100 Christian Relationship Blogs" according to the blog Christians Do it Better (nice name!) Thanks guys! Go and check it out.

7 comments:

Brian said...

Congrats on making the list! And good luck being an RA. We could be tough on our RAs but in the end, I'm really thankful for all of them. I'm sure you'll be great.

otrolado said...

I know a famous blogger! Good luck with everything this semester. I was one of those super-involved people you mentioned (like you are now). If you ever need an idea for an icebreaker or teambuilder give me a shout! Haha.

Brandon said...

You know you don't actually have to quit the blog once you've finished school, don't you? Just change the name to "Adventures of a Post Collegiate Christian" and you're all set. :)

I hope this school year goes well for you, and you enjoy being an RA. I'm sure you'll be a good one.

God bless ya!

phantomsojourner said...

Congrats being an RA! I was an Academic Peer Advisor for two years at my school. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of commitment. I know what you mean talking about being one of those kids involved in everything. That is the story of my life!

Good luck this year. Hope all goes well for you.

MR said...

Congrats for making the list. You do speak honestly, clearly and in a way that keeps me reading. You ARE a good writer.

I like what you said about yourself one time. What was it? Something like..."that part of my brain that is supposed to make me afraid of what people think, in me, that is missing!"

Jay said...

Thanks for all the kind words, guys! It really means a lot to me. The school year is going great so far. I'm a little tired, but I'm sure I'll hang in there, and hopefully I'll get to actually have a life too! :)

Hunk, Vikas said...

Congrats being an RA! I was an Academic Peer Advisor for two years at my school. It was a lot of fun, but also a lot of commitment. I know what you mean talking about being one of those kids involved in everything.