TrueLife: I work at a nerd camp (Part I)

I haven’t posted in a while (which I’m reminded of constantly by friends) but it’s only because I haven’t taken any incredible pictures to match my post.  I think everything is so much more exciting with pictures.

But I found some pictures I haven’t shared yet and it made me think of why I love my job.  So here’s the beginning of a list (I love lists) of why I absolutely adore my job:

1) Prom Dates

Every Saturday of camp we sponsor a dance for the students.  I feel like I’m chaperoning a middle school dance:

“Leave room for Jesus!”

“You’re wearing too much Axe”

“Would your mother let you wear that in public??”

One of the dances is Prom themed.  So a few days prior to this dance, I was sitting in the dining hall, minding my own business, eating some yogurt when out of the corner of my eye, a young man came and knelt by my chair.  It was one of my Residential Counselors, Carson, and he was holding a corsage made out of duct tape, construction paper, and glitter.  And then he asked me the most beautiful question a girl could ever hear: “Will you go to Prom with me?”  I shouted, “Yes!” and the entire dining hall erupted with applause.  Alright, so the dining hall didn’t applaud…but it was still pretty awesome.

I was so impressed with his homemade corsage (rather the corsage I’m sure he got someone else to make), that I had to make him a boutonniere out of duct tape. Voila!

And here we are… (Notice how much room we’ve left for Jesus)

Precious…I love middle school slow dances.  Anyways, I hadn’t had a very good day and Prom definitely made me smile.

Here are some other staff members rockin’ out..

That’s our director.  He dyed his hair for spirit week…it’s not usually green.

2) One-on-Ones

I force my staff to meet with me one-on-one each week for thirty minutes.  It’s just a time set aside for me to catch up on their lives and make sure I’m doing everything I can to make their experience amazing.  And some of my one-on-ones are my favorite part of the day.  All of my staff members are wonderful, incredibly complex, beautiful individuals and a adore getting to know them more.  I have learned so much from them.  They are each unique and lovely.

I was having a crazy day and was having back-to-back one-on-ones all day long.  After a one-on-one with one of my counselors she surprised me by teaching me how to make an oragami crane! I had mentioned that I love learning new things and she wanted to teach me something new 🙂  She completely made my day.

I made the purple one!! I really did.  It’s the little things that count.

Ok, so that was a short list…but it’ll get better.  I’m working hard over here so give me a break.  I’ll post again this week. Promise Promise

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