As an undergraduate, I initially experienced the field of student affairs when, after serving as an RA, the housing department promoted me to the position of assistant hall director during my fourth year as an undergraduate at Colorado State University. A simple result of too few master’s-level graduate assistants and too many residence halls, exceptional undergrads were often recruited and promoted from the RA ranks to serve in a supervisory capacity. I was paired with a graduate student hall director in the SAHE (Student Affairs in Higher Education) program and together we ran Allison Hall. Meanwhile, I was double majoring in Fine Arts (Graphic Design) and Business (Marketing) and also seeking a minor in Art History. I was a classic overachieving and overly involved college student. The following year, I was promoted again and became a Hall Director, supervising the staff of the hall where I had lived as a first year honors student five years prior.

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