Okay, so tonight I just want to talk about something that’s been bothering me lately.
There are A LOT of ResLife and RA blogs out there, and many of them are very positive and helpful, but many of them are not.
My attention has been pulled to those blogs which are not positive. I know that there are definitely negative aspects to the job. I’ve been there. I’ve done that. I’ve dealt with situations that I didn’t want to deal with and seen lots of things happen that annoyed and frustrated me to no end. BUT I LOVED MY JOB. I did it because the good outweighed the bad. I did it because I was passionate about helping students and watching them grow from their first day on campus until either they left or I left the school, and aiding them in that growing process.
I think that I do a pretty good job of being honest with people about the pros and cons of the job. I’m honest about tasks that I really enjoyed and tasks that I did not enjoy so much.
But some of these blogs are just ridiculous. Every single post is negative, and it really gives me the impression that these RAs don’t even want to speak to their residents. NEWSFLASH: YOU ARE THERE FOR YOUR RESIDENTS. WITHOUT THEM, YOUR JOB WOULD NOT EXIST. If you really hate your job that much, don’t do it! Sometimes these posts are funny and relate-able, but when it’s every post they make it’s just extremely frustrating.
If you’re giving that impression to me, what kind of impression are you giving to college students, parents, or administration who might happen upon your blog? You’re kind of giving all of us a bad name. You’re making it seem like we don’t want to help students or do a good job and the majority of us actually do.
If you run one of these blogs, please just think about the message you’re sending to the rest of the world. I don’t want RAs and ResLife teams to be looked at negatively, because in lots of peoples’ minds we’re already just thought of as “babysitters.” We are trying to change that, and your negative posts aren’t making anything better.