Move-in week is over!
The week was filled with wearing the same outfit over, and over, and over …
So, Tuesday was loft set-up – probably the worst day of the week. We had 3 hours to put together over 100 lofts in two different buildings. It’s grueling work that NO one wants to do, so I got a lot of cranky looks and comments all day. One thing I’m not good at is people being mean to me – I need to grow a thicker skin. So by the 4:30 p.m., I was so emotionally and mentally exhausted, that I just zoned out for the rest of the night.
Wednesday was Honors move-in. These freshmen move in a day earlier than everyone else into one hall. This day was MUCH better – it was from 8 a.m. – noon and I ushered in cars/checked in students while others on the team unpacked cars and brought it to the students’ rooms.
After moving in 50+ students, a few of us went over to a local pizza buffet for lunch. I didn’t have any pizza, but I did have four breadsticks and a cookie so … my eating habits obviously took the back-burner for a couple of days. After work I had a call with Amy (my life coach) and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been SO anxious lately – having nightmares, not sleeping, feeling very numb, etc. so it was nice to talk with her.
Thursday is the “big day” – meaning we move in the rest of the freshman into three buildings on campus. It’s about 600+ students total. I had about 100 volunteers throughout campus, plus the 130-man football team comes in to help us from 10:30-noon. Students and parents basically don’t have to do a thing besides sign in and sit back while we move in all their crap. 😉 If you’d like to see more, here’s a video from the college’s YouTube channel.
The day went pretty well (minus me getting the golf cart stuck on a tree stump a half hour into the day … ugh) – I had quite a few volunteers not show up, so we were moving pretty slow until the football team came in at 10:30. Grateful for those men!
Once 12:30 hit, we were done! All of my volunteers set off for lunch at the caf as I finished up a few random things … and that’s when it happened. I had the CRANKIEST parent come up to me, get in my face and start screaming at me because his daughter was missing a bag of something. Long story short, I ended up getting the housing director and campus safety over there, but after weeks of stress and problem-solving all day … I was done. This week is the most stressful thing I do all year. It takes months and months and months of planning, stress, blood, tears, sleepless nights … and for someone to just attack me like that? Granted, I understand his concern and his frustration because the RAs basically blew him off, but it just wasn’t a good end for me.
I went back to my office, cooled my thoughts, tried to stop myself from crying (I’m unfortunately a crier when I’m frustrated) and headed out to meet up with my supervisor and a few other guys that were finishing up some broken lofts in another hall. After talking with them, talking with the VP of my department (who was VERY angry that someone treated me that way), a few of us headed to lunch at the caf (since the rest of my volunteers were already gone) and I felt muchhhhhh better.
Just a little reminder to all of you out there – I have the shortest temper of them all when I’m frustrated with something, but try not to take it out on people in such an angry manner. You never know what that person is going through.
So, once our long lunch was over, we took down the tents on campus, finished up a few things and I left the office right before 5 p.m. And now today (Friday) I’m sitting on my couch! Woooohooooooo days off. 🙂
Today I plan to watch a ton of YouTube videos (what else is new) and get some work done on my social media clients. I already went to the gym and did a heavy lower body day (worked up to 135# squat, woo!) This weekend I don’t have much going on except a lunch for my aunt’s birthday (she’s 83!) and working on my social clients. Next week is pretty crazy AND my travel season starts so … here we go!
How has your week been?
Have you ever been so angry that you took it out on someone and regretted it later?
Any tips on how to have a thicker skin? 😉