“My RA has been super helpful with things. She was one of the first people through the Scholars Village that I started interacting with. Being shy, it was nice to have someone to go to and get help with making connections. I also applied to be an RA [for the upcoming school year] and she helped me to prepare by having a mock interview.” -Matthew Roach, Sophomore, Exploratory Studies, Sullivan Hall
University Housing realizes that moving away from home and making the transition into college life is not always easy. There is a built-in support system in all residence halls in the form of RAs. These are students who live on the same floor as their residents. There are generally two RAs per floor who work around the clock to assist students with problem-solving and making connections to campus. They also plan fun events throughout the year to bring residents together. RAs complete training to equip them with various skills to handle a variety of situations from roommate conflicts, planning a cooking class or fostering a sense of community in their residence hall.
“Of course it is a hard job…it’s great though because I get to meet so many amazing people, such as my co-workers and residents. I also have learned a lot of skills that I will use later in life such as conflict resolution, diversity awareness and much more. This job just teaches you how to be a better and more aware human being.” -Samantha Blue, Junior, Mathematics Education, Syme Hall
RAs are dedicated to providing their residents with the best living experience possible.
“I lived in the suite with my RA [in Sullivan] and we really bonded. She encouraged me to attend events and through her I met a bunch of people and learned more about campus. We still get lunch every Wednesday.” -Mia Freeland