Day in the Life: Resident Assistant Miriam WickmanPosted on October 10, 2013 | by Ilona Tuominen
Day in the Life is a recurring feature where students with interesting lives share what it is like to spend a day in their shoes.
Resident assistants at NYU are always busy, so making room for another job is no easy task. But CAS senior “Meerkat” Miriam Wickman is a both a Resident Assistant at Third North and an office administrator at the executive search recruiting company Careers for Women and Men. Wickman is hoping to pursue a career in the FBI, by potentially getting a masters in either criminology or forensic psychology. She is also considering throwing in a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies.
6:00 a.m.: Wickman wakes up and studies Arabic for two hours. Arabic is her only class today.
9:30 a.m.: Wickman heads off to class — she says her class schedule is more relaxed than usual today.
11:00 a.m.: Wickman gets back to Third North and has some RA duties to attend to. She works for about an hour before quickly grabbing some food, not forgetting her enormous cup of coffee.
2:00 p.m.: Wickman runs off to her second job as an office administrator. Wickman calls it a diverse and multifaceted job, although there is plenty of emailing, but she enjoys the relaxed vibe and the people there.
“It was a harsh learning curve because everything happens so fast, but I love it,” Wickman said. “They even have dogs in the office. Most of the time I have a dog in my lap while I’m doing work.”
6:15 p.m.: Wickman comes home and eat dinner and then usually, as an RA, has either a program to plan or run.
“From day one I wanted to be an RA, honestly,” she said. “I had an excellent RA as a freshman and she really inspired me and I’m a psych major so I’m obsessed with people. I always wanted to help people and I thought this was a really good way to do it.”
Until 12:00 a.m.: Wickman then dives into all her academic work. Usually Wickman works until at least 1 a.m. before going to bed. However, tomorrow Wickman is free of classes, so tonight she watches Grey’s Anatomy and the premier of Scandal, allowing her to go to bed at midnight instead.
12 a.m.: Wickman goes to sleep early.
“I’m really fortunate because I kind of love everything I’m doing right now, so even though I’m stressed out and just so tired, its kind of like self-imposed exhaustion and it’s really enjoyable,” Wickman said.
A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 10 print edition. Ilona Tuominen is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.