Sidnei McCrea ’16, a public health major on a pre-med track, is also a resident advisor to about 40 freshmen. Sidnei and her fellow RAs rotate shifts each night, but they are on call 24/7 to answer questions or solve any problems that might arise with their “kids.” Whether freshmen are feeling homesick or have locked themselves out late at night, Sidnei is there to assist.
Being an RA on top of classes, work, and extracurricular activities makes for early mornings and long nights, but Sidnei loves providing a place for her freshmen to truly feel at home.
- 6:50 a.m. Alarm beeps. Time to rise and shine.
- 7:15 a.m. Gets a workout in at Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center.
- 8:00 a.m. Grab coffee and a quick breakfast at Fresh Foods Café.
- 9:00–11:00 a.m. Report for work at the Office of Residential Life.
- 11:30 a.m. Return to dorm to pick up books for the afternoon; stop to chat with one of her freshmen to see how classes are going.
- Noon Swing by Levering for lunch with friends (her go-to meal is soup).
- 1:00 p.m. Swiftly walk to Hodson Hall for class.
- 3:00 p.m. Hop on shuttle to the East Baltimore campus for a public health class.
- 5:00 p.m. Head to dorm to drop off books and grab a quick bite before practice with the JHU Gospel Choir (of which she’s co-president).
- 5:00–7:00 p.m. Rehearse with the choir to prep for its fall concert.
- 8:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Make rounds of the dorm. (It’s Sidnei’s night to be on duty, and her door remains open for the evening.)
- 10:00 p.m. Once a month, Sidnei bakes muffins to give to dorm students in the morning.
- 2:00 a.m. A student calls and has lost keys and needs to be let in the dorm.
- 2:15 a.m. Go to sleep … hopefully for the night.