Jack Burger sits down with Loomis Residential Life Coordinator Zak Kroger during his last semester at CC to reminisce and look ahead

How long have you been an RLC at Colorado College?

This is my fourth year, which is great, as my original goal was to do four years. Basically, come with in a freshmen class, and leave the RLC position when they graduate.

What do you enjoy most about the job?

Do you want the list alphabetical or chronological? Truly, there are so many things I love about the job that it’s hard to know where to begin. The top thing though would be relationships with all the gentle residents. Some of the greatest people I have ever met are CC students, and it has been one of the biggest pleasures and honors of my life to get to know so many of them on such a personal level.

Is there any competition between the halls at CC? What are your relationships with the other RLCs?

Funny story. Last year during RA training, someone was talking about relationships between the halls and said, “It’s not a competition, Zak!” When Loomis is this amazing, you can’t even consider it a competition. My coworkers often tease me about my Loomis exuberance though, saying I am suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. The other RLCs are amazing, hilarious people, if you haven’t met them, you really should, and it has been a blast working with them this year. We all hang out quite a bit, which is nice, since it can be pretty hard to make friends once you are out of school.

Do you have a favorite memory as a RLC?

I have had an enormous amount of awesome things happen to me while being a RLC. However, the coolest thing was two years ago when Bart Ehrman, who is one of the top New Testament historians on earth, and one of my favorite authors, came to speak here. Bruce Coriell is friends with him and was able to get Ehrman to autograph all the books of his that I own and then invited me out to dinner with Ehrman and the rest of the Religion Department. It was amazing. I was so nervous of saying something dumb and embarrassing myself that I didn’t talk much. Either way, it was definitely one of my best CC memories. Thanks Bruce.

I hear you are leaving CC. What are your feelings as you finish your time at CC? And what is your plan for the coming years?

Unfortunately, the rumors might be true. I am definitely leaving the RLC position… but I would LOVE to stay at CC doing something else. If a position opens up that I am qualified for, I will definitely apply for it. CC has become a big part of my life, and I feel extraordinarily lucky to work at college whose values align so well with my own, and be in a position to make such an impact on the student experience.

As the year comes to an end, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t getting sadder by the week. I often will sit in my office and wonder, “Whatever job I have next, will I be able to put up my dinosaur posters?” CC has been so great to me that I am very sure that if I end up anywhere else, I will be let down to some extent. CC is truly the greatest school I have ever encountered, and I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work here.

As for next year… man, I wish I knew. I am going to a Residential Life Job Conference over Spring Break, but hopefully something will work out so that I can stay at CC.

What is your favorite campus event?

Boom Boom in the Loom Loom Reunion Part V last year was phenomenal. It was great to see so many ghosts of Loomis past, and I can’t wait for Part 7 next block! It’s gonna be incredible. Outside of Boom Boom, I really look forward to Winter Ball each year. I think it’s a really fun event, and all the students seem to have a blast!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Thinking of stupid jokes to put in the Loomis Log. I started lifting weights about a year and a half ago, so I am in the Fitness Center four nights a week doing that. Hey fellow lifters, don’t forget your last rep, clear the bar and put your weights away when you are done. I’m a big movie fan, so I watch a lot of movies, but I also enjoy graphic design, video production and photography, as well as reading about a variety of topics I find interesting.

What is the funniest or strangest thing you have witnessed in the dorms?

Luckily this didn’t happen at CC, but back in 2008, before you were born, I was working at a college in Vermont, and two kids got into an argument about who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman. Well, the argument escalated, and eventually they came to blows. As a result, they hurt each other enough that we had to call an ambulance.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I’d agree with you, but then we’d both be wrong.”

If you were a student and had the first choice for on-campus housing where would you choose to live?

I’d rather be dead in Loomis, than alive anywhere else on campus! But really, I would actually consider “pulling a Hunter” and living in Loomis for four years if I was an RA.

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