Student Staff Spotlight
About me: My name is Lyndsie Leigh Conklin and I am 21. I am originally from Ronan, Montana, which is a pretty small town exactly in between Kalispell and Missoula. In Ronan, my family owns 20 acres of land where we have our own small farm, which includes chickens, ducks,cows, cats, goats, and 4 dogs. I am the only girl and the oldest of three children. My brothers are crazy and love rodeos and dirt bikes. If it wasn’t for them I would not have done half the things I have. My dad and I always watch sci-fi movies together. We are both really big Star Wars fans and are the only ones in our house to actually watch and understand the whole series. My mom is my best friend and we love to scrapbook and do typical mom and daughter things. My grandma also lives on our property and she is my hero!! I am really close to my friends and family, if you can’t tell. I also enjoy movies, music,singing, dancing, volleyball and writing poetry. Poetry is my passion that is why I am studying English with a creative writing emphasis. I am also a mathematics minor.
Why did you want to be an SRA? I didn’t think I could be a SRA. However, one day while doing rounds my fellow RA suggested that I apply. I thought about it and thought about it and, finally decided to do it. What pushed me over the edge was the fact that I like being challenged. If I am not challenged or busy, I usually get bored. Now I don’t regret my decision at all. This is one of the biggest challenges I have ever faced because it keeps me on my toes and I love every single second.
What do you want to accomplish in creating community on your floor? My community this year is 2 years or sophomores. I want my community to be active and enthusiastic. I want them to get excited about the programs and events that are going to happen throughout this fall and spring. I have ideas and all of them are going to be exciting and a learning experience.
What is the greatest thing about being a student leader? Oh, lordy! The greatest thing is probably the power!! Just kidding. The greatest thing is people trusting your opinion. It makes you feel like, as a student, you are really, really important. So, in short, it is other people valuing you!
What do you think about the Western community? Like everything, it isn’t perfect. But unlike a lot of places, Western
offers so much support for anyone and helps push you in the right direction. Everyone wants to see you be the best you can be. But, if you aren’t doing your best, all those people will call you out and make sure you get back to it.
What is your favorite thing about your room? Many things,but if I had to narrow it down it would be all my personal touches. I have frames and posters that I have made and filled with memories. Ever since my freshmen year, I have had a wall filled with pictures. Now, I think all the photos are up to 400 or more. I surround myself with memories and love just like a home! So I guess it is the fact that I make it my home (I even call it that).
What have you learned about yourself from being an RA? I am a good leader. I used to consider myself more of a follower. By being an RA, I think I have found my voice and I am not afraid to use it and speak my mind. Along with that, I found out I am a lot more extrovert then I thought I was.
Best memory as an RA? The best memory I have was during RA training. We were playing a game called BAM,where you can distract people once you are out. One other RA started singing in order to distract me. I was able to stay in the game despite his attempts. But once the game was done, we started laughing and singing together.
What are some unknown secrets of an RA? We are students and humans too. Yeah, so we aren’t in our rooms 24/7. We go to class and do our homework. We also have social lives where we go off campus and do things, like eat out. So the reason why we may not be in our room is because we are doing stuff so we don’t lose our minds. With this in mind, that also means we go through tough times, get sick, and deal with things outside of our hall.We are just as human as you and not the Robocops you may think that we are.
What is one thing about college that scares you the most? It ending! I am a senior and I have no idea what I truly want to do with the rest of my life. I have ideas and dreams, but I know that I have to get started somewhere in the job market before I dive into them. I don’t want to live in the streets because I am waiting for my dreams to come true. That may have worked for J. K. Rowling but I don’t know if I could do that, no offense to her.
According to you, should incoming freshman have a “lifeplan” in mind? No one should have a life plan in mind. You may have a general outline like I am going to graduate, get a job, a house, get married and live happily ever after. However, I have learned that life has away of messing up plans. If I still followed my “plans” from high school, I would be attending Carroll College in Helena, MT, would be studying theater(which I am not very good at), and dating my crush from 4th grade. None of those things are true now! I mean, I am an English major in Gunnison and have been dating a Salida native for almost two years! Just enjoy life as much as possible and love the things in it!
What is one unknown part of the RA job? We don’t want our residents to get into trouble!! That makes us do the worst part of our job—policy enforcement. It is a good day when you don’t have to write an incident report for something.
What are your favorite movies? Finding Nemo, Sixteen Candles, and Dirty Dancing. But I am a movie fanatic so there are so many good ones that I love watching over and over again!
What does your social life look like on campus? I love hanging out with my friends, who are mostly other RAs. I also hang out with my boyfriend a lot. I am involved in Sigma Tau Delta (STD) or the English Honors Society and I love going to and perform at other English events like Word Horde!If you haven’t gone to a bad poetry night, you haven’t seen how crazy weird English majors can be. It can get crazy!
What is your favorite program that you have put on/been to? My favorite program that another RA and I have put on for the past two years is “Shake Your Boobies”, a program about breast cancer awareness. We put a lot of time and money into the programs, but it always pays off because we always have 30+ people show up. There’s something about free t-shirts and boob cupcakes that always get people to programs!
What do you hope to do after college? Oh boy. I would like to be a published poet. I want my own book full of my poetry. I also am thinking about going into publishing. I would like to stay in the Northwestern part of the United States but I will go anywhere the road takes me. Well, any place with low amounts of humidity. I get hot way too easy.
What is your favorite food? It is a tie between bacon and whipped cream. Don’t judge me!
What is your favorite part of Western? The buildings!I love Taylor and Ute (even though it is haunted). They all have such history.And Taylor, oh my—Taylor has seen everything since 1909 when they started building that sucker!
What advice do you have for our students? Enjoy your experience but keep your long term goals in mind. If you want to be a teacher or work for the CIA or whatever, don’t do anything that could jeopardize your dream. Your dreams and passions are what makes you, you!! Don’t let anything destroy you!