Last night at our wing meeting, each resident had to say one thing that made them happy this year and one thing that made them sad. This was a great community builder and even though we have less than 4 weeks left together it definitely brought everyone closer. It also gave me a sense of what was going on with my guys that I couldn’t see was happening.
Tonight, I challenged a handful of my residents to a push up contest. I got completely destroyed but afterwords we had a really good conversation about the benefits of working out, especially right before finals week. I might challenge them again but hopefully I do better!
I have been noticing a lot of recyclable material being thrown into the garbage in the kitchen. So I decided to talk to some guys who I know cook in there about. They really didn’t understand why they should recycle because they are only one person. So I explained to them that the majority of people think that way and if people start changing their behaviors the plants would be a better place. I spoke of the benefits of recycling and composting and also ways that they can reduce their carbon footprint.
Tonight I had a good conversation with a couple residents about professionalism. We talked about things like doing our hair and keeping our facial hair neat, instead of just letting it grow. We also talked about dressing a little professional even in our everyday life so that people will respect us more. Being professional is something that is always a work in progress but it’s never too late to start working on it.
Tonight, Dr. Larson joined us for a grill out in the pavilion inside. He led a great discussion on the importance of trees, not only for air quality, but mostly for the history they tell. It was a great night.
Last week, Gus and I attended the Dinner and Dialogue, a really fun and interactive discussion about disadvantages. We learned that everyone had their own unique advantages and disadvantages. It is important to find your own advantage and disadvantage and work to better yourself. By realizing that you can’t always see the challenges that someone has or is is currently battling, you can start to treat them with the respect that everyone deserves. We must reflect on ourselves continually and keep track of our advantages and disadvantages because they can change and that would change how we approach different situations.
Until Dawn is a video that uses a roller coaster story mode, meaning your decisions effect the outcome of the game. Literally every action changes the game. There’s 8 total character and you go back and forth playing at each. The crazy thing is that between playing the characters, you watch a guidance counselor talking to someone, who turns out to be you and he is studying how you play the game. It’s a pretty scary game and actually plays off of your fears. The guy gives you a test where he gives you two options and you have to pick which scares you more, like a clown or a scarecrow, and then whichever you pick will show up in the game. While playing we discussed what our own fears are and why we think they scare us. We also talked about intangible fears, like failure or not being happy. It was a very interesting night to say the least.
Tonight, we watched the film Moonlight, a coming of age story that follows a black, gay man in his childhood, young adult years, and middle age. Dr. Pip Gordon led a great discussion afterword.