Nitesh KumarStaff Profile

A'KYA ADAMS

Staff Member of the Week 

February 17, 2014

Major

Psychology

Dream Job

My dream job is becoming a Physician's Assistant.

Your favorite quote

My favorite quote is from my dad. "If you want to succeed, you have to stop swimming with the ducks and start soaring with the eagles."

How do you reward yourself for a job well done?

I reward myself with a job well done by treating myself to a nice dinner and allowing myself to do fun things off campus.

Campus and community involvements beyond ORL

My campus involvement beyond ORL is National Society of Leadership and Success, long jump offical at IWU track meets, and SALSA club member. My off campus involvement is that I occasionally go to the Boys and Girls club of Bloomington to volunteer.

Describe your residence hall floor or community.

My residence hall is Dolan Hall and I have had the opportunity to live here for four years. I am the first year resident advisor of the fourth floor. I absolutely love the community of Dolan because it is small enough to where I can have a great relationship and bond with my residents. I believe that my floor community is great because my residents are close with each other and respect each other.

What’s something you’ve learned from your residents?

Something that I have learned from my residents is the importance of community and creating long lasting relationships with fellow peers.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is that I get to help first year residents have a smooth transition into college because the first year away from home can be tough.

What is an important campus resource you wish more students were aware of?

I wish more students were aware of Arnold Health Services (AHS) and what this resource has to offer. The staff members at health services are so nice and helpful. I use this resource when I am sick, hurt, or just want to get the promotional gift bags that they give out each month. More students should be educated on what services AHS provides and how to utilized this resource. It doesn't hurt to go in and ask question!

What program have you been a part of planning that you’re most proud of?

I am most proud of the Dolan Haunted House program, it showed how residents and FYRA's from each floor could come together to put on such a great program that everyone on campus could enjoy.

Have you received any programming awards or departmental recognition?

I received the Quiet Riot award and an active program award for having a floor fish that all of the residents got to take turns keeping.

Advice you have for students looking to increase their leadership skills?  

My advice to students that are looking to increase their leadership skills are to join as many clubs on campus and slowly try to take leadership roles. Also know that it is okay to make mistakes and that you use those mistakes as learning tools to get better at something else.

A'Kya's supervisor, Kaitlin Ballard, shared the following: I have had the great privilege of working on a staff with A'Kya for two years, and throughout these two years we have had countless opportunities to learn from each other. She has been instrumental in building community on both her floor and in the building as a whole. She is able to accomplish this through developing one-on-one relationships with residents founded on mutual respect, always wearing a contagious smile and positive attitude, as well as encouraging and supporting building wide programming – A'Kya was especially instrumental in the success and planning of Dolan's biggest hall-wide event, the Haunted House.

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