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Sometimes we felt like we
were being lectured more
than trained on some topics.
But that's okay. Some things
are just hard to explain.
our schedules so that we would all feel
very comfortable with each other and
get to know each other quickly.

sparked from the topics we would talk
about during training.

One of my largest takeaways was
learning that my AC and staff were all
there for me and that I could rely on
them for support and advice. These are
not just my co-workers, but my friends
now, and training made it possible
from the start.

TS: If you were organizing training for
next year, what would you tell the staff
in advance to prepare?

Bailey: The biggest takeaway from
training for me was awareness and the
next step. Awareness sounds broad,
but that's because it is awareness for
anything and everything. We were
taught to pick up on social cues and
behaviors that could mean more than
meets the eye. Also, that it is important
to reach out to my residents and
not expect them to come to me with
their problems or struggles, because
chances are that will not happen unless
a relationship was built beforehand.
Basically the biggest surprise to me
was how proactive my RAs were last
year, and I did not really notice until a
year later how much they actually did.

Abrego: The biggest takeaway from
training has been learning about the
other people in my staff. I think a lot
of the things we get lectured about
are forgotten rather quickly, but
the connection made between staff
members is the thing that helps us all
get through all the hours of prep work
and long policy lectures. I also enjoyed
how deep conversations among RAs

Herbst: If I were organizing training
next year for RAs, I would tell them
that what seems most simple may
be the hardest thing to do in the
beginning. For example, on my first
day of duty I had to learn how to use
the walkie talkie. This is something
we never specifically learned during
training, and I didn't even think to ask
because it seems intuitive enough, but
I was very confused and had to reach
out to a returner on my staff to explain
it to me.
Moretton: I would have Behind Closed
Door sessions at the beginning of
training, which definitely would be
overwhelming, but then as training
went on, the reasons for the training
would make more sense and let you
fine tune your skills for a Behind
Closed Doors session near the end of
training. That way you know how to
apply what you are learning to different
situations.

Abrego: I would tell new RAs that
they have to do a lot of their prep
(decorations, signs, etc.) before coming
to training. Having that done will make
it a lot easier for them to have time to
hang out with the staff or their friends.

Also, the administrators planning
RA training should try not to take the
entire day during training. Making
training go all day makes us, the RAs,
get burned out before we even meet
our residents. We must find a balance
between forced staff bonding and
giving people time to get ready and be
young people also trying to find their
way in higher education. Oftentimes
we talk about balance during RA
training, but we fail to give people time
to find the balance they will need to be
successful.

Bailey: The one thing I would
recommend is to make sure you are
building a close relationship with
your staff. They are who you are going
to be working with for the next year,
and once training ends you are going
to need them to back you up. Also
remember that this works two ways,
so always be there for your staff when
they need help or advice. You basically
need to become each other's support
group.

Saraceno: I would tell them to start
getting their ideas ready for door
decorations and bulletin boards as
soon as they can. Training is tiring. The
days are jam-packed with sessions, we
make time in the schedule for practice
programs, and we are expected to
work on our tasks each night and still
find time to hang out with everyone to
enhance the social part of things. It's a
lot to do in very little time. Finally, after
my third training, I got it right. I came
into training with my door decs already
finished and bulletin board ideas in
hand. This way I was able to help all
the rookies and make their lives just
a tad bit easier. Last, I would just tell
them to have fun! I love my job, and
I love what we do! In fact, I have even
considered going to grad school for
student affairs next year. â– 

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Talking Stick - November/December 2015
Contents
New Members
Vision
Just In
Calendar
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business
Special Focus
Completing the Loop
Perfect Partners
Conversations
First Takes
Around Student Affairs
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Contents
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 4
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - New Members
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 7
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Vision
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - 9
Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Just In
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Calendar
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Transitions
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Business
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Special Focus
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Talking Stick - November/December 2015 - Completing the Loop
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