Finishing up Strong

by Dylan Ruffra 
@drcards

This week was the ending of my first year of grad school and it required a lot and had its fun moments. I had to close down a building of about 230 people, have time to hang out with friends and have a program. Closing down a building takes a lot of work. You have to make sure your staff is on top of things and that they all know what they are doing. This also requires you to be administratively strong a be able to get all your task done in a timely manner. Sometimes getting everything done each day required being prepared to have some long nights. It feels good to have almost completed everything needed for closing and that I will soon be headed to my ACUHO-I internship.
As the semester was coming to a close I tried to have some times where I can spend with my residents. On the second day of finals week I made my residents pancakes and had study tips for them. I wanted to give them some energizing food while they were studying and any tips that would help them as well. Most of them were glad that I was doing this for them and said that it tasted good. They thought they were getting pancakes from the dinning center, but were real happy that they were from scratch. This was one of the last ways that I connected with the residents that I have had this year. It has been a truly amazing experience be a hall director, friend and mentor for these students.
This week was the last week of school for some of the second years in our program. Throughout the year they have been truly helpful to get me acquainted to the city and graduate school. It has been really cool to see how much they have helped me this year. I am thankful for their friendship and wish them the best in their future endeavors. Since this was the last week I tried to hang out with them a couple times and go to our department’s celebration for them. What are some of the things you have been doing to end your semester?

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