This has been a year of change for Res Life and the PRC specifically. And with only one month until closing (ahhh) it seems now is a perfect time to reflect on all of the fun new things that have come to the PRC this year, and of course inspire you to use these resources in the remaining weeks or maybe next year.
1. A new boss! Jess joined us in October and has been awesome. Seek out Jess for amusing anecdotes, fashion tips, and possibly even programs. Jess raises therapy dogs and, if you ask nicely, she might bring one of her pups to your res hall for your residents to pet and play with (just remember the dogs have to stay outside the building!)
Jess is working that duck face
2. Bubble wrap in continuous supply. Never again will you be stressed when we don’t have the resource you need for your stress relief program– we order bubble wrap now instead of waiting for bits of it to show up in packages. Bubble wrap can also be used to add texture and a 3D effect to boards
Bubble wrap calendar Bubble wrap hopscotch
3. New stencils: crown, graduation cap, and “happy birthday.” These stencils were chosen based on what we see PRC users making a lot of themselves. Happy birthday card for your resident? Use a stencil. Mr. W&M pageant? Use the stencil. Pre-graduation bucketlist? Decorate it with a stencil.
4. The world’s most intense button maker. You can load two buttons at once. And it spins. Plus we’re just generally really happy we have a button maker again…Consider using buttons for passive programming, not just advertisements.
5. Animal print bordette. Though I’m personally not wild about animal print (hehe, get it? wild?) I think this could be awesome bordette for a lot of boards. For instance, I just discovered the twampiest vacation ever: there’s an organization called Earthwatch, and instead of paying to stay in a fancy hotel and take the same tourist pictures of the Eiffel Tower and Grand Canyon you can be a hands-on research assistant on projects around the world. I would totally use the zebra print bordette to talk about their animal rehab project in the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi.
(more info about the program can be found here: http://earthwatch.org/)
6. A scrapbook papercutter. This new addition is great for detailed cuts and people who are afraid of the giant paper cutters. Use them with the gel pens to make a gorgeous thank you card for your housekeeping staff or another special staff member.
7. Sponge paper is back! You can use them for sponge boat races in the Crim Dell, or try this sponge-y twist on a water balloon fight: http://www.canadianfamily.ca/activities/crafts/the-ultimate-pool-party-toy-diy-sponge-
8. The amnesty box! Okay, so really this is only for April, and it’s not really a good program, but please use it! I’ve been in some of y’all’s rooms. I know you have bordette, markers, and other PRC supplies lying around. Bring them back and we will love you forever.
There is probably so much I’m forgetting. But that’s the wonderful thing about Res Life at W&M. Even when transitions are rough, the most wonderful things can result from it. We, like the school as a whole, are always changing and growing to meet the new needs of our campus. And that, my friends, is beautiful.
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