This is my first semester working as a desk staffer and I never thought that I would love to work for Residential Life as much as I do. I’ve never lived in Susquehanna Hall before, but it’s become my home away from home while at UMBC.
I chose to work there for two reasons: 1) I didn’t want to be obligated to work during breaks so any 9-month community was out of the question and 2) I wanted to work with a freshman community, especially since the freshman Sondheim Scholars live in Susquehanna.
Now I realized I’m staying at SUS for a boatload more reasons. Let’s just look into a couple of them.
1. My Desk Manager is amazing. She’s fair, approachable, tough, and loyal friend.
2. SUS’s Community Director is amazing. She doesn’t mess around, but she loves all her staff and gives us candy. That’s a plus.
3. The SUS RAs are amazing. They are supportive, hilarious, and on top of their game. It’s really awesome to be able to work with such great people.
4. The residents are amazing. I’ve definitely gotten a few good stories, but all of the residents at SUS are very intelligent, hard working, and really cool.
5. AND THE BIGGEST REASON: my fellow staff members. I’ve made such great friends at SUS and we’re one big supportive desk staff family.
Yesterday was staff development, which means we were just eating pizza, playing Taboo, and doing a gift exchange with each other. I was looking around while all of us were shouting at each other, yelling inappropriate things, and trying to identify the word “windchill” in Taboo and I realized that I really love being with all those people.
I never imagined that I would love working at SUS as much as I do. In fact, during training I kept telling my mom, “I don’t know if this is for me.I can always quit though.” Choosing to work at this job was one of the best decisions I have made so far though.
So my lesson is to try it all. Put yourself out there. Do something that you aren’t entirely too sure about. You never know, you might find something that you love to do and would never have expected it. Just remember, be able to say no as well and don’t stretch yourself too thin.