OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Sunday, March 22

#7028

QUESTION:
Got offered a don possition at UWP. What do you guys know about that rez? Should i take it?

11 comments

  1. I've had a few friends don. Some at UW, some at Laurier. All of them loved it. There are some things that you have to give up though. Your social life will take a bit of a hit but not a huge one. You may have students that hate you since you're their don and have to enforce rules and 1st years can get real annoying quick. Those were basically the only complaints I heard from them. Other than that, the positives are that it's fun experience, meet new people, free housing, some expenses covered, and looks good on the resume.

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  2. I hear they are homophobic at UWP and considering you are gay you shouldn't take it because they are homophobic and will hate you because of it.

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    1. You have no idea what you're talking about

      Sincerely,

      Don @ UWP

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  3. Thought it was hard to be a don? your post makes it sound like they just give these spots away ... for free housing, why not!

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  4. If you're not sure, don't take it.

    - Unfortunate soul on the waitlist

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  5. If being a don isn't something you passionately want to do... then you shouldn't take the job. The competition for those positions is fierce, and for a good reason. There are literally hundreds of candidates waiting to take the spot you've been offered. 90% of the dons who work here love their jobs, are passionate about being role models, mentors and community leaders for their students as well as for the donning staff team. Don't be the asshole who somehow makes it through the hiring process and then let's their team, their students, and their school down.

    Being a don is mentally, physically and emotionally draining. You live where you work, and your co-workers are also your friends.Your students will vary from loving to outright hating you, and it's most likely that you'll never get any thanks for them for all the work you do. It's your job to create a cohesive community among your students, and in my time donning it is my experience that communities very much reflect their dons.
    Depending on your floor you could be dealing with everything from anxiety attacks, sever homesickness, accidental pregnancy, alcohol poisoning, breakups or suicidal students. Every few years a don walks in on a student who has killed themselves. I regularly get woken up in the middle of the night by students who need emotional support or a shoulder to cry on, and i've taken students to the hospital and stayed overnight with them on more than one occasion. DO NOT take this job as a joke, because let me assure you, it is not. If you aren't connected to your community, and one of your students (god forbid) attempts suicide, imagine how responsible you would feel? My residence has already had two students die this year.

    Donning can be very rewarding, but be aware that it is by no means an easy job. if you only want to do it because you get 'free' housing, then you're gonna have a bad time.

    All that being said, I've loved every minute of being a don. It's exhausting, but so rewarding, and the relationships i've built with my staff team and my students have been amazing. If I wasn't graduating, I would come back in a heartbeat.

    - 4th semester don

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    1. Not sure why you assumed OP's post to mean they're unsure of being a don. Seems to me like they just don't know very much about UWP.

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    2. @5.a If you really wanted to be a don, it wouldn't matter where they placed you

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  6. Do not become a don. Worst decision I ever made.

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  7. I think it's a good deal. You get free rez and your job is to make friends with your fellow dons and students!

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