Tonight, I got dressed up in my Saturday best and headed out for the end-of-the-year banquet held at the campus’ special event building—nothing but class for my department! I was pleasantly surprised to find that all fourteen of my RAs had arrived before I did, which meant they were on time. They looked very snazzy in spring dresses and freshly pressed suits.
We took up two tables near the back. We enjoyed the modest dinner and sweet desserts. We laughed at various duty stories told by the three most animated RAs. And we discussed, with melancholy, how different things will be for next year. Several of my favorite RAs are graduating and a new batch of students will have to fill their shoes. It brought a few tears to my eyes, but that’s the life of a hall director.
Finally, the awards were announced and my staff won the Most Beer Pong Games Ruined and the Most Likely to Investigate a Phantom Pooper awards. Ironically, I won Most Likely to Create a Snarky Twitter Account—if only they knew the whole truth. To end the evening, all graduating seniors were honored for their time of service and more tears were shed.
As critical I am of our department and some of the stupid things my staff has done over the past eight months, I cannot ignore the prideful swelling of my heart when I see how far they have grown as students and as leaders. As much as I complain about the RAs, I know that most are doing the best they can in a position that has many challenges. Congratulations RA staff 2011-2012! May next year’s staff be just as motivated, creative, and funny—although I could do without the bubble-wrap bandit. You know who you are!