Over the weekend I, along with 6 other RAs and one area coordinator, took to the road to travel to Cortland for a residence life conference. ResLife conferences are always a fun thing to attend as they allow for us to share ideas with other RAs at other institutions and bring them back to our staffs. While at the conference we attended different sessions that covered practically everything from programming ideas to how to deal with life when everything seems to be happening at once- oh hey, 4am lock outs. Going to conferences also offers a chance to leave campus for a night and hang out with other RAs on campus that we normally would not get the chance to. With that being said here are my top moments from the conference weekend.
Top Cortland Conference Moments:
4. Driving to Cortland- lots of singing to classic throwbacks, a beautiful sunset, and quality time with my friends who also happen to be RAs.
3. Playing icebreakers in public. Yes, icebreakers sometimes make life uncomfortable but when your playing with a group of friends outside of a Friendly’s it is hilarious. It once again showed that RAs know how to have fun and make the most with their time.
2. Attending the sessions of course one of the highlights of the weekend. It was great to share what programs we have put on at Saint Rose and in return get some ideas from other schools. I am super excited to try out a new program idea that I got from the conference that is based off of the book Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.
1. Winning Roll Call! If there is one thing that I like to do in life it is to win (only child problem) so when given the chance to take home a win for The College of Saint Rose I was all about that life. Our group put on a good show during roll call, which serves as an opportunity to introduce your school to the others, that was modeled after the old Nick show “All That”. Thankfully we had a bunch of talented people with us on the trip that allowed for our group to take home the old school Nick blimp as a prize. Such talent included beat boxing, rapping, singing, and we even had a hype man! The other schools seemed really into our live act and loved that we brought our mascot, Fear, along for the journey!
I am so thankful for this past weekend as it definitely was not only a source of information for our group to use in the RA field but also a weekend that resulted in hilarious memories with a great group of people.