A Minute with Junior Rivkie Biritz, Resident Advisor

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What motivated you to apply for this summer job, and what do you hope to gain from the experience?

At the end of last school year, I applied to be a resident advisor for my junior year. During my interview for this position, Jake Schuler asked me if I would be interested in working as an RA during the summer. I considered the offer and decided that it would be an awesome opportunity to gain RA experience in a more laid-back setting.


What’s the most memorable or funny moment you’ve had while working here this summer?

As a summer RA, we were assigned groups to show around campus during each orientation. The experience was both fantastic and humbling. Getting to know the incoming freshmen was such a cool thing, and I learned a lot from them too.


How do you balance work, play, and classes (if you took classes) during the summer? Any fun activities or hobbies you like to do outside of work?

During the summer, keeping yourself accountable is one of the most important things you can do. Summer is a really vital time to develop personal interests and get some work experience in. I worked in the Health and Wellness Center, as a summer RA, and as a Starbucks barista over the summer but made sure to get out and read in the square, spend time with my  partner and go to the beach! It’s all about balance.


Sometimes, summer jobs lead to unexpected friendships or mentorships. Have you made any new connections during your time here that you think will last beyond the summer?

During my time in the Health and Wellness Center, I really got to connect with Robin Luckadoo Chadderon, director of counseling, health and wellness. She is such an inspiring, hardworking and intellectual person. Robin and I even figured out a way to keep working together during the school year through our Campus-Vote initiative, which will encourage voter registration and education for students. I loved my time with her over the summer and can’t wait to continue working with her this year.


What advice would you give to future summer student workers who might work in a similar role or for the same organization?

Make sure you stay busy! The town of Olivet may be a bit small, but don’t let that discourage you from exploring! Connect with other student workers too, that was one of the best parts of being a summer RA – getting to connect with the other RA’s .


What advice did your supervisor or someone you worked with this summer give you that you’ll remember and use in the future?

This summer, my boss Robin gave me a lot of advice. One sentiment that really stuck with me was Robin’s insistence that I take care of myself first. She encouraged me to deeply consider what I want, what makes me comfortable and to take time away from my many responsibilities if my mental health calls for it.


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