“I work the PRC, it’s basically where RAs go to make bulletin boards, door tags, and plan programs. Aka Kindergarten!”
-Most Often Said Thing in My Life, second only to “Jank.”
The Programming Resource Center, always the RAs’ favorite place to go, not just because of its variety of supplies and resources, yet also thanks to its fantabulous staff!! *teehee*
There’s only five of us, so there’s a lot of duties our positions entail. Today, yours truly has decided to pull back the curtain of our Wizard of Oz lives, and show you the everyday occurrences of of a Program Advocate. We’ll start with a basic rundown of a shift in the PRC. First when we open up, we have to swipe up, get the lights on, turn on computers and printers, all that jazz. But the fun doesn’t really start, in my case at least, until I get the Spotify going and the peeps start strutin’ in!
In a typical 2.5 hr shift, you’ll get approximately 3 paper jams, 5 questions about publisher/printing, 4 requests to change out the adhesive/laminate, 20 “I’m sorry to bother you!” ‘s, and tons of wonderful faces walking in. In my opinion, one of the oddest/goofiest things is the common tendency for RA’s or others to apologize for asking for help. It’s very nice, but please it is our job to help you! NEVER feel afraid to ask us questions or for help! We’re students just like you, and are always on the ready to make your projects the best they can be.
And there’s than just the PRC to a PA’s life. Walking around campus, I am almost constantly seeing RA friends, with is so warming and nice to actually see the bond of community. Other PAs have told me that they have actually often had people say hi to them, when the PA didn’t even know them! They were likely RAs, but getting that “HI DAVID” (for example) from a random half-stranger is such a fantastic and appreciated thing.
Even today as I was writing this post, majority of the above things happened, and it serves as a consistent joy in my/our craycray and busy lives! I hope y’all have a wonderful Day-After-Single-Awareness Day, and I hope this brought some further insight to the people you know, work with, and love!
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