If asked to describe the type of staff community I would want to be a
part of I would quickly respond, “A group of people who want to be more
than just co-workers skating by, I want to be part of a family; a
family that grows, struggles, succeeds, and learns together.” The fall
semester in Haggin Hall has been just that. I believe this semester,
and more importantly this December, can be summarized using the words
of the late, great Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping
together is progress. Working together is success." |
The Haggin Hall Staff has exhibited a coming together, keeping
together, and working together mentality since the moment we all met.
Each of these facets have made the staff strong and the residence hall
community unlike any other.
“Coming together is a beginning” – Mid-semester one of our RA’s
resigned from the position. At this point, relationships had already
been made and hearts were broken at this loss; however, a new addition
to the staff welcomed a new sense of beginning as the staff leaned in
on the new family member and showed her how we as a family support each
other. This coming together was renewed once more this December when
our RD went into labor and had her baby, leaving the staff for her
maternity leave. This transition in the staff dynamic lead to a new
coming together as the staff learned to navigate the job without her
and relied on each other more than ever for guidance and support.
“Keeping together is progress” – The RA job is not like a typical 9-5.
You live where you work, and you work closely with those on your team
each and every day. This environment could be the perfect storm and
lead to a staff of people who engage in conflict, negative
confrontation, and distrust. For the Haggin Hall Staff, this has been
quite the opposite. During the month of December, stakes were high as
we wrapped up the semester with finals and prepared to head home for
the winter break all without an RD. Instead of becoming frustrated with
one another and pushing each other away, the staff drew nearer to each
other, engaging in open dialogue when issues did arise and working to
keep their relationships healthy and strong. The staff continued to
seek out moments they could spend together up until the day we left.
The Haggin Hall Staff worked hard to keep a sense of family and
togetherness despite the short amount of time they had together this
“Working together is success” – As thrilled as we were for the baby to
be here after so many months of eager anticipation, our staff was not
ready for our leader to be gone a week earlier than we were prepared
for. The staff collaborated unlike never before in order to ensure
every aspect of the job was executed with excellence, the residents
were cared for and their individual needs were met, and that while our
RD was gone she could trust that our staff was working together to
ensure the hall would be better than she left it when she returned. It
is because of this sense of togetherness and common vision that the
staff was able to function as efficiently as it did.
The Haggin Hall Staff’s coming together, keeping together, and working
together this December despite challenges and unexpected turns has made
this residential community more of a family, a family that grows,
struggles, succeeds, and learns together.
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