When I think of the word “outstanding”, the thought that something happened that
caused an individual to alter their every day lifestyle. Going away to college is always a big
step for students. It seems like the older one becomes, the easier it is to adjust to being away
from home, but that is not always true. Often times, it is harder because the older one
becomes, the more responsibilities one has, so any slight alter calls for an “outstanding”
individual to be resilient.
I would like to take the time to recognize Sineyda Ortiz for the month of August. Sineyda was
the very first resident that I created a relationship with in my community because she was
here during the RA fall training. Every since the day I met Sineyda, she has been a joy to have
in my community. Although, I knew that she was a Graduate Student, I could tell that she was
living in fear.
In the beginning, Sineyda had some anxiety about being active in the community. She
explained to me that she was living in the Residence Hall (Lincoln) because this was her first
time being away from her family and she would have felt secluded from the university living
in an apartment -- her interactions with individuals would be limited.
I was elated when I found out that she was a Graduate Assistant (GA) in the Lantz Arena
(Rec.) because I knew that this would give her an opportunity to interact with more individuals
on campus. She was already making a difference someone’s life by trying to get everyone to
participate in fitness classes. Granted, increasing the fitness classes rates is apart of her job,
but I could tell that she was excited about having the opportunity to work for the Rec..
To this day, I have seen a major improvement in Sineyda’s personality. She is more
confident in the way that she interacts with other residents in our community; she is already
beginning to form relationships with others. She participates in events and meeting (if she is
not at work). Yesterday, August 29, 2019, she took on the position of being the Recycling
Chair member in Lincoln Hall. She has signed up to be a volunteer in the Special Olympics
that is being held in Matton, Illinois for community service. Participating as a volunteer is
Sineyda’s way of giving back to the community. Even though, there is a time difference from
her hometown, she is making time to include her family in her day. I applaud her for being
away from her husband because many people are not able to make such a strong
commitment (to be away from their spouse).
There is not a day that goes by that Sineyda does not come to check on me. Words
cannot explain how much I appreciate her visits. She goes out of her way to ensure me that
she appreciates the things that I do for our community, and for that, I am grateful. Any
Resident Assistant (RA) would be lucky to have Sineyda as a resident. I hope that she
continues to grow as a person and gets the results that she has set for herself. I AM PROUD
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