"I can be home here."
Move-In Day for Kaedynne Wilson was 'overwhelming' - as it is for most first-year students on every college campus. Nevertheless, Kaedynne was impressed with the numerous student volunteers who whisked her belongings to her freshman dorm room on the 5th floor of Farber. Cazenovia's orientation program and a terrific resident advisor (RA) helped Kaedynne settle in to college life. "I can be home here," she recalls.
Like most people at Cazenovia College, Kaedynne quickly immersed herself in many activities including the equestrian team, three honor societies, and Campus Key (which provides student-led tours of the school). Arguably the most influential undertaking has been Kaedynne's work as an RA. In February of her freshman year, Kaedynne interviewed for the position and was selected for the leadership role. Soon to graduate in May 2017, she has been an RA for three years, serving as Head RA her junior and senior years.
Being an RA has brought certain challenges. "Learning about time management and conflict resolution are essential to my successful interactions with people," shares Kaedynne. "Making rounds to check on everyone, and serving as a voice on behalf of students are my key responsibilities," she adds.
With regard to the rewards of the position, Kaedynne cites developing close working relationships with staff members from the Office of Student Life as one of the most important, along with becoming a better leader. "Watching other students make the transition from their freshman year to being fully integrated members of the Cazenovia family is fantastic too," she adds.
Academics have played an equally important role in Kaedynne's Caz experience. She is a biology major with a minor in psychology, with Barb Hager, professor of biology, serving as her advisor. Interestingly enough, the analytical and problem-solving skills Kaedynne developed in the lab have been applicable to her work as an RA.
What is in store for Kaedynne after graduation? After three years as an RA leader, she will pursue a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs with the goal of working in student-life services for a small liberal-arts college. Kaedynne truly has real-life experience that will lead her to real-life success.