Leaving for college can be hard for some, especially those prone to homesickness. One day your mom is cutting your steak and doing your laundry, the next you are eating stale cereal from the dining hall and avoiding your weird roommate, and suddenly those small comforts of home mean so much more.
Quamir Boddie, an RA at the University of Tennessee understands that transitioning to living in a dorm could be difficult, so when he greeted his new residents back in August, he also sent out a form asking how he could make the year better for the new students. Freshman Andrew Kochamba proposed that Boddie read him a bedtime story on his birthday. Fast forward to February and Boddie totally delivered.
Boddie showed up to Andrew's room at 9pm on his birthday, clad in pajamas and book in hand. He read Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus, a story Boddie felt especially connected to because he was held back in the first grade.
“He read it all upside down so I could see all the pictures. It was impressive,” Kochamba told BuzzFeed. Now that is doing above and beyond the duties of an RA (which in my experience was mostly breaking up parties and holding floor meetings to shame people for being loud during sex).
But Boddie also said he benefited from story time. "At the time, I could not have imagined how meaningful this encounter would be; I could not have fathomed the impact it would have on the two of us," said Boddie. "Andrew was so engaged and interactive as I read to him, and that is all that really mattered to me."
Kochamba tweeted the picture of himself with Boddie, and internet quickly fell in love with this thoughtful RA (or should I say, "R Bae").
Now that is a story with a happy ending.