Why it's tough to be a Gustavus collegiate fellow


My wife was a resident assistant in her college dorm, so my heart goes out to Gustavus Adolphus College student Kate Plager, a “collegiate fellow” there.

Collegiate fellows are essentially resident assistants, and Plager complains in The Gustavian Weekly that she’s tired of being treated like one of those despised hall monitors I remember from grammar school:

I did not know … that Collegiate Fellows are widely hated both by those they have reprimanded and those they have not. According to Gustavus legend, Collegiate Fellows “chase,” “bust,” “hunt” and “catch.” To this day, people I “busted” at the beginning of last year run away from me when they see me on campus. Here is a little secret for all of y’all runners: we hate confronting people almost as much as you hate being confronted. It’s uncomfortable. We get yelled at, threatened, negotiated with, complained to and then, at the end of all that, we get to write a full report on it.

Read her full essay here.