Shay Harris—Last October I removed myself from social media. Five months later, I reinstalled Instagram so that I could stay connected with people I met during a trip to Connecticut–I could have shared my phone number, but that’s super private to me. Since I’m not on platforms which “Day in the Life” typically operates on, here’s a catalogue of my day.
7:00AM: I woke up, but didn’t actually leave my bed until about 7:40. Getting up to face the world can be difficult at times.
8:30AM: I had an RA (Resident Assistant) Exit Interview with a member of Central Staff–Craig Ross. He’s a dope dude. He had a series of questions for me that dove into what I learned throughout my three years of being an RA, the position’s highs and lows, and space to offer critiques/suggestions.
9:00AM: I went to the Student Union and got some Starbucks coffee. Their blonde roast Veranda blend gives me so much life. Oh, I also got a granola bar. Then I visited a friend who was tabling in support of the Clothesline Project–a non-governmental organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue of violence against women, men, and children. In the Ballroom were a number of multicolored shirts that had powerful messages/images on them. The content was heavy, but I was grateful for participating. Before leaving I painted my hand purple and signed a banner standing against violence.
9:40AM: I was ten minutes late to my painting class, but in my defense, it’s a 2.5 hour long studio course. I’m working on a final project combining oil painting and collaging.
Noon-1:00PM: This time was spent journaling and logging in information for this post you’re reading. Bullet journal and journal journal. For this time I did both.
1:00PM: As an RA, I sit desk every Monday and Tuesday from 1-2:30PM. During this time I typically create flyers and submit program proposals to my supervisor. I’ll also tidy up the office, talk to residents, give them toilet tissue, tell them how I can’t fix the community printer, and if I have time, get some homework done. I left desk half an hour early to make a meeting.
2:00PM: A meeting. I have lots of these a week, but this one was unique. I met with two individuals who help run Brockport’s Student Union. Long story short, I’m working to get a PRIDE flag installed in our Union. The vision is to have the flag behind a protective case and accompanied by a written statement written by students.
2:30PM: Ya boy walked to Drake Memorial Library. There, I went to the Aerie café and worked on homework for my playwriting class. Lately, students have been presenting 10-minute plays to the class. After reviewing a play, our instructor has us fill out a four-question form offering feedback/suggestions. I’ll be sharing my work next Tuesday. I’m thinking of writing about superheroes.
3:30PM: Playwriting. We went over two plays that took up the class time. We’ve been let out early the past few weeks, so this was different.
5:00PM: Back in my room, I’m certain I just watched YouTube vids. CinemaWins, CinemaSins, Matt & Blue, Alonzo Lerone, and Zachary Campbell are some of the channels I watch frequently.
5:30PM: Dinner with some of my friends/fellow RAs at Harrison. I don’t take pictures of my food, so you’ll have to use your imagination. I had a grilled pork chop with white rice, and sautéed vegetables–broccoli, mushrooms, and onions. Then there was half a breakfast sandwich and Frosted Flakes for desert. Oh, and my Ginger ale/Cranberry juice mix.
6:20PM: Admittedly, I should have been doing homework at this time. But I didn’t. Instead, I watched a number of YouTube vids, most of which were Vine compilations. While doing so I created a capsule wardrobe for May-July. Essentially, my capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing items that I intend to wear throughout a three month period. I created my list because after graduation, I’ll be going through a period of moving/transition that’ll make it difficult to access all of my belongings.
9:30PM: I have RA Staff meeting every Tuesday at this time. We went over a bunch of RA things like scheduling, programs, updates, etc. Nothing very exciting.
Any who, that was my day. Now I’m sitting at my desk in basketball shorts and a Captain America tee shirt eating a box of Mentos. With that being said, thanks for reading. Until next time.