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I’m on a Boat

RAs are awesome.

If you’re not familiar with the abbreviation, an “RA” is a resident advisor, and in the first year dorms at Cornell, RAs are sophomore, junior or senior undergrads.

More info about CampusLife RAs

RAs are charged with many responsibilities, one of which is planning “programs” throughout the semester–anything from hour-long “marshmallow roasts” to day-long trips to New York City. As a way to celebrate the end of the year, my RA (sophomore Laura Santacrose) organized a dinner cruise for my building (Low Rise 6).

Fifteen dollars later, I was floating on Cayuga Lake while being served a four-course meal:

A few of my friends and me on the boat

A few of my friends and me on the boat

The food was delicious and the view was spectacular. I had a great time, and I know my friends did too (they couldn’t help but make a few “I’m on a boat” jokes during the course of the three-hour boat ride). I was really impressed; it was obvious my RA had invested a lot of time and effort into making the cruise happen and keeping it affordable enough for everyone to be able to come.

What’s more impressive is that this isn’t the only time Laura has planned something like this: she went with a group of students to see a Tony Award-winning play in NYC earlier this semester, organized an apple picking event last fall, and even planned a Superbowl party earlier this year, complete with pizza and wings. It seems like Laura never stops coming up with new programs for her residents to enjoy!

I think sometimes residents forget how much RAs do–we treat them the way we sometimes treat our parents, taking for granted all their hard work. The more I think about it, the more I realize that Laura has been a huge part of my first year of college. No matter what happened, I knew I could always turn to her for advice. She was my wiser older sibling while away from home.

So, moral of the story: In addition to answering all your questions and helping you out while you’re away from home, RAs work their butts off to make sure you and the rest of your floor get to have some special experiences while at CU. (So make sure you thank them once in a while!)

It’s worth restating: RAs are just plain awesome.



Post By: Tim Dyster ’12

Last Hall Meeting


Sunday night at 10 p.m. my hall, or more formally 2-Court of Court-Kay-Bauer residence hall, met collectively for the final time to discuss closing information–from what I can recall, I had only been to one other hall meeting because of conflicts.

This meant that the last time I was gathered in that room, with all those people was the first day of orientation. Talk about coming full circle!

As we all sat down in our TV lounge we recalled who had been sitting where over 8 months ago.  Everyone remembered my roommate hitting her head on the TV, and my RA was quick to warn the person sitting underneath to watch himself.

Even though not all 29 hall members were present, we were all a lively bunch. We were too busy talking about what we remembered from that first monumental floor meeting when we were all (secretly) horrified freshman waiting to be told all the rules we would accidentally break (like talking too loudly during quiet hours which our RA is a stickler about).

2-Court residents gather for a birthday celebration fall, 2008.

2-Court residents gather for a birthday celebration fall, 2008.

I sat down and scanned the room to see where everyone was sitting. Our new friendships were evident based on who we were next to at this meeting.

Frustrated, our RA went quiet when we got too noisy, but continued on, explaining important information about cleaning our rooms, damages, and checking out.

Once he was finished, we all scurried out while I stayed back and played “The Price is Right” with my hallmate/friend with our RA serving as host. We joked about prices for damaged pieces of Cornell property, and ultimately, my friend beat me before we all went back to doing work.

erinPost By: Erin Szulman ’12