I made my residents turkey door decorations before they leave for Thanksgiving break.
I intend to do wing dinners on the first Wednesday of every month. I think this is a great opportunity for the wing to get to know one another better. A few girls discovered they would walk passed each other and want to say hi but weren’t sure if they should. Now those girls can say hi to each other and talk to each other more. This also allowed for me to get to know some of them better and plan other programs for the future.
We’ve had a few floor meetings so far and residents seem to really enjoy it. We have a great crowd show up every time and everyone is eager to learn about upcoming events and help think of ideas for new events. These folks are really involved and are great people to live with (and work with!)
For my residents birthdays, I’m making them cupcake door decs with candy taped to their door. I’m doing the summer ones as well. I’m hanging the ones during school up on their doors the day of their birthday so they have a little something to look forward to.
During Resident Assistant training I played a game and placed so I received a prize. I received batman door decorations and later on Kyle won octopus ones. He wanted the batman and I wanted the octopus ones so we traded. I hung them up on my residents doors. I intend to do door decs at least every other week because I think it gives residents something to look forward to and could brighten their day.
These are paint sample sheets I got from Farm and Fleet and little clothespins I found. This is taped outside every residents door so they can let me and their friends know if they’re around, where they went, or when they’ll be back. I only filled out a few spots for them to let them fill out their own uniquely. It also lets everyone know what they enjoy doing by what they write on their slip. I filled mine out as an example and is outside my door as well. My RA did this last year and I found it very helpful because I knew where my RA was, if my wing mates were around, or if they were napping and didn’t want to be disturbed and so on. I had a few residents tell me how excited they were about these and how they’ve always wanted to do this.
Sunday night of Welcome Weekend was the traditional ball drop. The ball drop is a bunch of light up bouncy balls being dropped from the top of a fire truck. Then Glowcampus officially began! Glocampus was our concert. It was a dance outside with a DJ and lights of glow in the dark paint and glow-sticks. All of Welcome Weekend, meeting new people and learning about the clubs and organizations helped mold residents identity development.
I was shocked to continuously hear people say, “there’s nothing to do in Platteville.” I made this bulletin board for first year students and other students who aren’t sure about all the opportunities to take advantage of here in Platteville. I made a list of things to do on and off campus and hung up flyers and coupons to go along with the list. I hope this gets students out and about and away from Netflix for a weekend.