The University of Dallas prepares to bid farewell to Rebecca Burgess, the assistant director of residence life, who is leaving for Hillsdale College on Jan. 27. After almost 10 years with UD, Burgess will work as the new director of programs at Hillsdale’s Office of External Affairs.
“It was a good job opportunity,” Burgess said about the new position.
She added, “My favorite part about being a part of UD was the interaction with the students. It was one of the best things in the world.”
Burgess, who was also a UD student, had many opportunities to interact with students and help them out. “The type of person who comes here is ambitious and hard working. It has been a privilege being able to work here,” said Burgess.
Although leaving with bittersweet feelings, Burgess said she continues to be excited about the new opportunity.
“‘Never’ is a good time to leave this job. It’s very difficult,” said Burgess. “But the opportunity came, and I have to take advantage of it.”
While the opportunity for a new job was quick and sudden, Burgess explained that sometimes that is the best way to continue what was started. Having worked with over 130 Resident Assistants, and over 250 RHA members, Burgess continues to see her job at UD as one of the best jobs she has ever had.
“I got to teach politics, work with students and form friendships that will stay with me for the rest of my life,” said Burgess.
While no changes have yet been announced as a result of her departure, the Office of Student Life will continue developing the relationships that it has been making with the students during the past years.
Working here “has been such a privilege and a large part of my life,” Burgess said. “It is kind of unbelievable how it all worked out, but it was definitely the best choice I made to work here for so long.”