What does that mean? Basically, when something goes wrong, I need to know how to get it fixed, and to really do my job right I need to try to keep things from going wrong. So, if there's a suicide attempt in the middle of the night, I'm the one who gets called. (I then get to wake up all sorts of people, who really appreciate it!) If the elevator breaks, I get called (and I tell whoever called me to call Physical Plant, but that's beside the point). If a resident breaks policy and needs to discuss the rationale behind it, it's me again. Basically, then, my job involves a lot of paperwork, a lot of troubleshooting, interpersonal communication, and really caring about other students. It's listed as a 19.5 hour/week job, but tends to run much more toward full-time; luckily the working hours tend to be evening and night, when I'm most productive anyway. In return, though, I get room and board (a *nice* apartment in the hall, not a puny room), and a stipend; I also get to feel like I really *am* making a difference in what I do, because I can see the effects of my work all around me. And that's reward enough.
...Or so I tell myself. Tara R. Bloyd