Break Me Off a Piece of That Kit Kat Bar

I recently found out what it was truly like to be “worn out” from work. It was a different kind of busy. I did not expect it to get as such. I know it is crazy to think that it took me almost nine months to realize it but it is true. Granted, the month of August was eventful with everyone moving back on to campus. I expected the long hours and fully enjoyed meeting all of the RAs for training. Overall, some work days seem longer than others, but often enjoyable because of the work that I do with students.

It all started approximately two weeks ago when applications were due for our Resident Assistant positions for the next academic year. Once submitted applications were printed, compiled, and organized for review/interviews. Our office also had the rehire presentations for our current staff members who were interested in returning. We completed our group process and individual interviews for candidates. I was very excited to have the next two days away at the GLACUHO Winter Business Meeting. I was excited for the opportunity to meet other professionals in the field (since I have only been in Residential Life for about 8 months) and to network with colleagues from across the region, meeting to determine goals for our committee, as well as the projects we will undertake this year. It was going to be a great two days away from the office but well worth it. It was a lot of fun; however, by the time I returned, I was exhausted and felt worn out physically. Spending a week in interviews, followed by two days of brainstorming, planning, and networking had taken its toll on me. Coming back to the office last Tuesday, our staff went straight into our selection meeting to choose our student staff members for next year. By the end of that day, I was ready for a break. It was at that time that I realized the true meaning of “me time.” I began to realize that I really needed to do something for myself. I decided I would make a four day weekend to go to see my family in Chicago. Through the busy time, I realized it was time for me to take break myself off a piece of the kit kat bar.

So what does this mean? It means I took the advice and have found it is very important, as SA First Years, to know when you need “me time.” Whether it be a homemade four day weekend, or just some extra time off here and there, the balance and time away is important. I know that when I get back to the office on Tuesday, I will be re-energized and ready to go! I know that after these restful four days (which were much more restful since I forgot my laptop charger in my office J) I will have a fresh perspective and ideas to help the students that I interact with on a daily bases.

Joe Volin

Student Affairs - the First Years

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