Month: March 2016
Residence Life Professional Staff of the Month
||Appalachian State University
|On-Campus Population: 5500
||Chapter Size: 55|
|Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination|
A smile says a lot about a person. It can welcome and draw you in,
making you want to stay for a while and talk to a person. Brooke
Baxter’s smile is like this. When I met her, it was one of the first
things I noticed. It complements her kind and warm nature perfectly.
Talking to her is made easier by it. Her honesty is another quality
of hers that I admire. If I ask for her opinion or advice, she will
tell me what she thinks without judgement. That is why I am so glad
she is my Residence Assistant or RA.
Talking with Brooke has helped me open up more as a person. For my
first one-on-one with her I was a little nervous because I had no
idea what we would talk about. This might seem odd, but being in
other people’s personal spaces makes me feel awkward so that only
added to my anxiety. We went through my Mapworks, discussed my
thoughts on being away at school, how I was adjusting, and if I was
feeling homesick. Gradually, throughout the conversation, I began to
unwind, and by the end I felt completely at ease and almost like I
was talking to someone I had known for years. I really enjoyed
getting to share my thoughts with someone who cared, and this first
conversation with her is why I feel that she is one of the first
people I came to trust at Appalachian.
Besides our one-on-ones, hall council, and around the residence
hall, I also got the opportunity to speak with her on a more
personal level for one of her classes’ projects. She asked me
questions about books I had read in high school and my favorite one,
my own personal interest and favorites, and when and why I developed
an interest in books. I also told her about the book I was working
on, which is something I had never really told anyone about outside
close family and friends. It meant so much to me when she told me
she thought I would be brave enough to publish it one day.
I know she will be able to achieve all she sets her mind to while
touching so many more lives with her heartfelt and kind demeanor.
There are many things I will look back on this year and they will
bring me immense joy and happy memories. Meeting Brooke Baxter is
one of them.
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