Dismantling hot tubs and other skills I learned in college (Portland, Oregon professional portrait photographer)
When I was in college, I was a resident assistant — you know, one of those people who lives in the dorms and helps freshmen figure out the campus, conquer homesickness and resolve conflicts with their roommates. I took the kids from my hall on field trips, planned fun yet educational get-togethers and hosted everything from pizza nights to Ultimate Frisbee games.
But it wasn’t all hall Olympics and movies in the lounge. Being an RA isn’t just serving the kids who need a resourceful shoulder to lean on, it’s about keeping the dorms a safe, quiet, clean, friendly place for everyone. That meant I spent many a night standing outside in the cold corralling people after someone pulled a fire alarm, or deconstructing a homemade “hot tub” some inventive students had built in the showers, or taking care of severely drunk people who couldn’t take care of themselves.
Sometimes it was super hard, but it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life, namely because I got to do and see so much during my college years, and especially because I got to meet some truly amazing people.
One of those people is Heather Reagan, one of my sweet residents. She recently launched her own photography business and we’ve reconnected in the last few months over our shared passion. We got together recently at Foothills Park in Lake Oswego to swap headshots, and after two hours of photographing each other, we ended up standing by our cars and talking until late into the night. It’s funny how two people can just pick up the conversation like no time has passed. I guess that’s what a year of living together will do for you.
Heather is as sweet as she was all those years ago, and it’s crazy to think we’re both grownups now with two kids a piece. You can find some of the pictures she took of me on my “about me” page. And she blogged about our experience too.
I’m so glad we are back in touch Heather, and I am excited about all the creative pursuits we can tackle together in the years to come!
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