Why I QUIT My College RA Job (Mental Health Story Time)

When I was hired as a college RA for a freshman dorm, I was excited! I’ve always been a big sister and always sought out leadership roles. I figured being an RA was the PERFECT job for me.

After two months of living, eating, sleeping, schooling, and breathing my RA job 24/7, I realized…it wasn’t what I thought it would be, and I wasn’t happy.

The stress of classwork (organic chemistry…), busy schedules, floor program planning, insomnia, untreated anxiety and depression, an ear infection, and more, built up until I realized I was MISERABLE.

Something had to change.

So, I quit.

That semester (Fall 2016! 4 years ago!) was without a doubt my most rock-bottom, crash-and-burn moment of my college career.

But afterwards, I started to really realize how I learn, what I’m good at, what I want, what makes me happy, and how to get those things for myself!

Of course, therapy helped, too.

This episode tells my story—what happened, what I learned, and how I am WHO I am, because of it all.

Watch this episode of Feed That Nation on YouTube

Natalie Nation

Hello! Welcome to Feed That Nation!

My name is Natalie Nation. I’m a graduate student, future registered dietitian, health educator, content creator, and self-proclaimed mac and cheese expert 🙂

Feed That Nation is a space to talk all things college and health. My goal is to help other college students to be more confident, successful, and healthy during their student experience!

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Minnesota-based grad student, future RD, educator, content creator, and mac and cheese expert! Natalie is currently a Masters of Public Health student and dietetic intern at the University of Minnesota, and is on-track to becoming a registered dietitian-nutritionist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Dietetics in 2019 from St. Catherine University.

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