Life in a fishbowl - Occidental CollegePresentation Transcript
The RA Experience at OxyintroducingLIFE IN A FISHBOWL
In this presentation we will discuss: TheFishbowl Perception Effect and Being true to Scenarios yourself! Role Modeling Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
The Fishbowl Effect andRole Modeling Life at Oxy for the ResEd Staff Member
The FISHBOWL EFFECT! Think of some of the celebrities you hear about most on the news. What do you know about them? How do you know? Do you know this to be true? It’s all about PERCEPTION isn’t it?Being an OXY RA is a lot like being alocal celebrity. People know whoyou ARE. People know thingsABOUT you. People WATCH you.But do they really KNOW you?This phenomenon, where you are a wellRECOGNIZED presence on campus,although not necessarily well KNOWN isthe FISHBOWL EFFECT.
Role modeling is important and it is also difficult. However, the RA position requires that you lead the residents by example- including perception.Rolemodeling Do you have examples of behavior that might be misinterpreted by residents?
Perception Scenarios Real Life RA Experiences
With Each Scenario Ask Yourself These Questions:• What are your actions as the RA?• What are the residents’ perceptions?• What might their perception imply about you and your character?• How could this situation be avoided?
ScenariosYou receive a call from a resident that has left forthe weekend and forgot to leave adequate food fortheir fish. They ask you if you can go in their roomand drop the “extended food” tablet in the tank.You contact your supervisor and get permission touse the master key to enter the room. Anotherresident on the floor knows that the resident isaway for the weekend and sees you enter theroom. You are listening to a resident tell you a joke in the hallway. The resident is so excited about the joke that you end up smiling just at how excited the resident is (who is laughing while trying to tell the joke). Two residents walk into the hallway just as the resident delivers the punch line (very loudly). The punch line includes several derogatory terms. The two residents look at you (still smiling) and then quickly walk into their room.
YET ANOTHER SCENARIOYou log in to Facebook and see that a friend wrote on your wall, “I can’tbelieve how drunk we were last night---I can hardly remember a thing!”. Youwere not out with this friend, and the “we” refers to your friend and anothermutual friend that went to a party. In fact, you helped call them a cab afterthey called you in the middle of the night looking for a ride home. You alsohave several residents that are friends with you on Facebook and look forupdates to your profile regularly.
Being True to YourselfBalancing WHO you are with the Expectations of the RA Position
What is important to you? What are your values? Some questions to ask yourself… How do you want others to perceive you?What does this job ask of you?
Communicate.Explain to your friends the boundaries of theRA position. Be upfront and honest aboutwho you are and what you are about.Avoid Compromising.Avoid putting yourself in COMPROMISINGsituations. Think through these situationsahead of time to be able to take proactivesteps to achieve this.