I think that I was very prepared for being a resident supervisor (RS) at New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers because one of my friends told me about her internship and some of her experiences at New Beginnings. Additionally, one of my classmates told me that she was leaving New Beginnings and that I would be taking her place. She gave me some advice which has stood the test my first few months here.
In addition, she gave advice about being firm to my own guidelines meaning that if I am going to set a side time for me or to spend with the residents that I need to stick to the plan. Once a person deviates then it is difficult to go back to the routine. For example, if a RS offers to take someone grocery shopping one day then the person may expect to go grocery shopping with the same RS.
Elyse Kipfer was an intern at New Beginnings July through September of 2017 and is now a current Resident Supervisor at New Beginnings. She is a Psychology Major and Communication Minor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. She aspires to be a Christian counselor for victims of sexual violence. Her free time consists spending time with her horse, dog, family, and friends. Furthermore, she enjoys having deep conversations and digging into God’s Word.