A few weeks ago we had RA interviews for next year’s RA staff on campus. Out of all the candidates, only one really stood out to me. He was personable, outgoing, and really seemed to have a vision for what on campus living should be like. On top of that, his top hall preference was my hall. I was pretty much in love at this point. I would fight to the other hall directors to the death to have this guy on my staff next year. He was the perfect RA material for the plans I have for my hall next year.
I didn’t end up having to fight for him since everyone knew that I wanted to hire him and that he wanted to live in my hall. However, I hadn’t heard from him since offering him the position. I found out today, though, that he has declined because he would rather live off campus next year so he can drink. Wow, completely opposite of how he was during his interview. Needless to say I am very disappointed. I was psyched about having him on staff and excited about the community that he would help build. Now I am left with very few choices for filling that spot, and to be quite honest I’m not super duper excited about any of them. I’m sure that they would be fine, but right now I’m just too disillusioned by the other guy to care.