Month: August 2018


First Year Student of the Month

School: University of Kentucky Region: SAACURH
Nominee: The Boys in Room 124 Nominator: Candace Bone

On-Campus Population: 6000 Chapter Size: 35

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

The Haggin Hall residents in room 124 can be described in two simple words: too much.

After spending nearly two hours this August with these boys at Chipotle chatting, laughing, and diving deep into their home lives and the way their friendship has evolved, they told me they had been tallying the number of times I told them they were too much. These boys are the most genuine and hilarious residents I have met in my time as a resident advisor, and it's only August.

I believe context is important, so I would like to share a little about the relationship these residents share. Their rooming together was no accident, but their meeting was the most unlikely coincidence. These sweet boys, Trey and Ryder, have been pals for years. They met when their parents dated when they were young, hated each other for a brief time, grew close, lived in the same home as brothers, and have remained best friends ever since.

They are inseparable, being seen together every time they enter and leave the building. These boys bring light and energy to our floor meetings and programs, once showing up in a Power Rangers costume and a banana costume simply because they knew it would make others smile. Their silly antics range from crazy costumes to crazy stories to plain goofiness. They frequently like to pretend to be each other to test how well you pay attention to them as individuals rather than clumping them together. I cannot begin to count the number of times Ryder introduces himself as Trey and vice versa. These boys thrive on fun and personal relationships with others.

Trey and Ryder are currently working with me to lead an activity at our next floor meeting to boost resident involvement and get the residents excited about our meetings. They have asked questions about how they can get involved. They seek out resources and opportunities to help people on the floor. These first year students truly embody what it means to be members of a residential community.

In addition to this, Trey and Ryder spent the month of August going out of their way to make others feel welcome and included despite their pre-existing close bond and constantly sought to bring other people into their brotherhood. These boys always stop to say hello no matter the day or time, and they work hard to excel not only socially but academically.

During the month of August, in the few weeks they have been here, I have built a relationship with Ryder and Trey that is so based on vulnerability and honesty it is hard to believe I've known them for such a short period of time. I feel like I really know these boys.

But these boys are not content with simply me knowing them. Trey and Ryder have sought to know me and my background too. They ask questions and want to understand different experiences and perspectives. We relate on so many experiences, and this makes our relationship stronger. I feel that they aren't just residents who chat in passing, they are residents that want to know more.

In case you were wondering, that tally from Chipotle was 10. Ten times in 2 hours I told them they were too much. Too much to handle, but just enough to bring joy and positivity to our hall this August. I can't think of anyone more deserving of this award than my sweet Power Ranger and Banana Boy.

Word Count: 581

Date of entry into database: 2018-09-04 19:43:11

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