I'm a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity." -Michael Jackson
There are certain moments working in residential living where you become very proud of your students. It is important to remember these moments because in many ways, these are the moments which are good reminders why you do the job that you do, plus they come in handy when you are woken up at 4am! :)
The picture above is one of my favorite memories as an RA. Where most people would think the big awards and events that I won/hosted would be my favorite, in actuality, my favorite is really a "man night" program I did my first year as an RA. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my other work a lot as well, this one program sits a bit higher than the others because of this very picture.
The purpose of this program was to discuss what "being a man" meant in today's society and how it is our job to reconstruct this belief. After talking about stereotypes and personal images, I had the participants go through an obstacle course with different elements including strength, academics, chivalry, and determination. The final part of the course was sitting on a desk chair and pulling yourself across the length of the hallway to eventually cross the finish line. I had about 15 people attend this event and the picture shows one of the last guys to make it across the line. This was one of the first programs that overcame the normal hall "cliches" and everyone came together to root on each other. It was a bit bonding moment in the hall and everyone seemed to have fun doing it! I don't really have much of a moral for tonight's post, mainly wanted to just share this story and explain the picture. Goodnight all :)
Question time: Is there something you have done that you have been particularly proud of?
About the video: I don't believe I have shared a video by Lindsey Stirling yet! Normally I wouldn't say that I am much of a fan of this kind of music, but Lindsey just makes it work! Becoming "famous" from "America's Got Talent" as well as YouTube, Lindsey mixes her love for violin playing with an electronic/dance and sometimes dubstep beat! She also makes her performances come alive with the amount of moment and dancing she does while she plays. This video in particular if probably one of her most popular videos with over 98 Million views! Even if you aren't an artist, you can easily see how proud she is in her work and how much passion she has when she plays! Enjoy :)