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  • Writer's pictureJermaine Thomas, II

First Friday's: August Edition

Whew Chile. I’m so sorry I completely missed this last month. The month of August was absolutely insane. Over the course of one month, I had gone through my Hall Director Training, Resident Advisor (RA) Training, Move-In, and the first week of classes. The month went by in the blink of an eye, literally. I woke up one day and it was September 13th. I’m not exactly sure if it’s a good or a bad thing that my graduate program is going so quickly, but at least it’s going. Time for TGIF!


If anything right now, I’m trusting that on the other side of this, I’ll be extremely marketable to the Student Affairs profession due to my experience as a Hall Director... IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC.


August was a trying time for me, however, I am extremely grateful for the offer I was given to learn and work at my first choice for graduate education. I’m not going to lie, when I applied for this position, I was expecting Fraternity & Sorority Life with some Housing experience on the side. But, boy was I wrong. Because this position is 100% Housing, with some Fraternity & Sorority Life experience on the side. Pray for my sanity.


Since we’ve been focusing on housing so far, we may as well keep the trend going. I am inspired by Student Affairs Professionals that focus on the housing departments of institutions. It is truly thankless work. Housing is almost the most important department of student affairs. It’s literally where students live, their home base, and that’s a hefty duty to take on. I have seen countless professionals take this position on like it’s nothing; I see y’all! I am so grateful for the advice I have received from the professionals I know personally.


Here is how you all will know I’m becoming a full adult. There’s a store about 10 minutes away from me called, Total Wine and More. When I tell y’all it’s about the most magnificent store I have ever visited, let me explain. Okay, so boom, it’s like a grocery store of wine and spirits, almost the size of your average grocery store. I have the best time just perusing, and I find a few different types of wine to try every time I go in! AND they have free tastings. I love it here.

That’s all for August. September in review coming soon. Remember to take time to breathe, and reflect! #TGIF

Sidenote: I'm a plant Dad, now.

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