Katie McGuire: What’s it like working in North Complex?
Shelly Russell: It is gratifying because of the kids. I treat them like they are my own. Freshman year is scary and I want them to feel at home. I volunteer to work Move-In Day so that I can meet the students and their families and assure them that I am there for them whenever they need me.
KM: What are some reasons why you enjoy your job so much?
SR: It is exciting to see how these kids are going to change the world. I am making sure they are taken care of so that they can do that.
KM: What does your job
SR: I try to keep everything clean so that my kids are as healthy as possible. I also like to do little things I’d do for my own kids. I always have a first-aid kit or a sewing kit for those little emergencies, I will post weather reports outside my door, put flowers in the kitchen to match the seasons and I like to bring up an issue of The Volante.
KM: What advice would you give incoming freshmen?
SR: Show respect for yourselves and for others around you. That is the only rule I have for my floor and my kids understand what that means. It’s what makes our floor so friendly and fun.