As time continues to go by, the year reaches closer to its end. Well into this second semester, I find myself already preparing for the year to come. In this month alone I have been working on 3 different endeavors that would take place during my sophomore year at Linfield. Here, I am learning how crucial it is to plan ahead. One endeavor that I’m very proud of is my desire to pursue a position as a Linfield Resident Advisor. I remember the process beginning when I first heard that applications were being accepted. My experience in leadership as well as my desire to make the Linfield experience great for other students pushed me to seek out the position. However I soon found out how competitive the job would be.
On a small campus, news travels fasts, it seemed everyone was applying! In my hall alone we had several girls apply. The idea of such high competition was a bit intimidating to say the least but my desire to help others see how great residence life could be, quickly overshadowed my fear. I figured I didn’t lose anything by trying. Part of the application processes included a resume and cover letter. I remember drafting up a few. Knowing I also had the privilege of having two great RA’s of my own, I sought out their guidance. Having more experience and insight on the job, they graciously sat with me and helped me better understand the position as well as depict my strengths and weakness. I am truly grateful for their advice because it allowed me to reach a greater understanding of myself and the role I would be taking on if chosen.
After turning in my application it was time for our interviews. I remember walking over nervously to the Area Director’s office. I played with several scenarios in my mind of what could happen and what they would ask. The interview went well and I left the room feeling confident but not certain. Then came the hardest task of all… waiting. Applicants were to discover the results the day before leaving for spring break. The fact many of my friends had also applied only intensified this build up of anxiety. What if I made it and they didn’t? What if they make it and I don’t? Both situations were possible but, for me, undesirable. And so the day came, my friends and I walked nervously over to the mail room where our unit boxes would either contain a yes or a no. As we walked we saw students leaving with papers and we would try to analyze their expressions.
I stood in front of my box, pulled out my keys and held on tightly, slowly opened by box and there it was waiting for me. After seeing smiles on my friend’s faces I knew they had gotten the job and I was overcome with excitement for them. And as for what I found in my letter…? It was not until later that I opened my envelop, too nervous to know the result. However when I finally did muster up the courage I was pleasantly surprised to find, I too, had been given the opportunity to make the Linfield experience great. I know the RA’s at Linfield do not just see their position as a job but go a step further and recognize themselves as leaders and role models. I hold myself to this commitment and find myself very eager to see what next year’s residence life will hold.