If you are living in a
dorm Residence Hall this year, you will meet someone who calls themselves the RA of your floor. A RA or Resident Assistant is there to help the floor: be safe, bond and most of all HAVE FUN! RAs are not there to get you in trouble, though that CAN be part of the job... :( I personally am a RA in Collins Living Learning Center and I am here to let you know what your RA does! Now here a some myths I have heard about RAs.
Myths about RAs:
These are all untrue! I mean do we look terrifying? No (hopefully) ! We are just people who love to help others! We do not want to get residents in trouble. We cannot dig through any personal belongings. We sleep and get woken up often during duty (meaning we deal with incidents). But this is what we chose to do and most of the time we love it!
The RA will:
Plan programs for your floor. These will be fun and a way to meet the many wonderful people who live on your floor! Programs will be planned by your RA and others in the building to have an educational experience or just to bond the building or floor. Programs are a great way to get to know your RA better and to meet new people, which is what college is all about! To learn about programs your RA could have a facebook page or will post fliers or emails to tell you when, where and what the program is! RAs put a lot of work into their programs; it makes us feel great when residents attend. (:
Be there as a resource for (almost) any question you need answered! This can range from very personal questions, to where a building is to just needing a band aid, your RA will be able to find you an answer. This is really what we are here for to help you have a great first… or second, third or even fourth year! Don’t be shy about talking to your RA about problems you may be having, majority of the time it can stay confidential between you two and she/he will be willing to go anywhere or do anything to make sure a resident will be okay! This means CAPS, Health Center, ER or even if you want to go get dinner(!) your RA will want to help you!
Email you... a lot. Sorry about this one, I know it will get old. But this is the quickest way of communication and a way to get in touch with everyone! But you will learn about campus events, floor bonding and programs if you just skim the emails we send!
Handle Policy Violations: This could be my least favorite part of the job, but it has to be done. Your RA will not try on purpose to get you in trouble, PROMISE, but if we see, smell or hear policy violations (drinking in the Res Halls, smoking, weed or tobacco or noise violations) odds are you will have to go through the judicial process. We don’t like to do it and I’m sure you wouldn’t like it either. So keep the drinking, smoking and loudness during quiet hours out of the Res Halls and everything will be okay!
Here are some tips to living in a Res Hall:
Your RA can be your biggest help your freshmen, or any, year. They will go to a new club with you if no one else will go, or bend over backwards to give your floor the programs they want. They will go to the health center with you or even just out to dinner. Your RA wants to do these things for you, so go find them!
PS: If you feel like you want to be a RA in the future. Either email me, comment here, or ask your current RA! We are more than happy to help you with the crazy application process!