Why did you choose a graduate assistantship within University Housing?
I chose NC State because of how welcomed I felt in the community. Even during the interview weekend, I could sense how close the other RDs and professional staff were. It is a community of supportive individuals who truly are devoted to their students' well-being and development. Being an RD at State provides you the opportunity and resources to effect change in the lives of students. - Garrett Sims
I went to NC State for my undergraduate program and I couldn't help but return for my graduate studies. There is an abundance of Wolfpack pride and spirit throughout the campus. In undergrad, I served as a RA and I wanted to continue making an impact by becoming a RD. The RD position allows me to gain more experiences in the realm of residence life and provides many opportunities to further my overall professional development. - Crystal Thibodeaux
Being an out of state student, I wanted to feel more connected to campus and establish a strong community. I've been able to do so through my relationships with my staff, colleagues, and residents through the opportunity to directly connect and work with students who live on campus and already have chosen to become apart of a community. -Ileana Garcia
In what ways have you applied what you learn in your graduate classes to your role within University Housing?
As an RD, I have the opportunity to directly impact student development which gives me the opportunity to apply what I see in my students during class and vice versa. I am also equipped to lead and facilitate discussions about social justice through the enlightening and informative discussions in all of my classes. I am learning how to effectively plan programs to support students and their various identities. - Alexis Thornton
I am in the Counselor Education Program and mental health is a huge factor for many college students. Learning about how I can support those students through advocating for their needs and just being someone who is there to listen has come from the many courses in this program. It truly is the best! Self care is also something we talk a lot about in counselor ed. Making sure we as helpers continue to replenish ourselves regularly will help ensure that we are giving our very best to our students and clients. - Arielle Johnson
From the classroom, I've learned about having my work intertwine with the values I seek to uphold. Gaining knowledge and experience of the many social issues that obstruct students from success has truly opened the doors for me to make a more intentional, positive impact. Keeping an eye on the bigger picture of NC State's community keeps my work feeling dynamic and meaningful. -Khoi Tran
Having the RD position, I can pretty much speak to a lot of theories that we learn in the classroom and think about the practicality of implementing a lot of models that we learn about. Many times I felt like what I was learning in our courses, allowed me to reflect on how I handled certain situations with my staff or residents. Since we live where we work, the classroom really allows for me to take a step back and make sure that I am being intentional about our ideas. - Brenda Escutia former RD
What do you love about living in Raleigh?
I love living in Raleigh! It has the "small city" feel with the "big city" resources. One of my favorite aspects of the city is the music it attracts. I have been to three concerts already in the short time I have been here. Music options range from John Mayer to John Mark McMillan - there are opportunities for everyone. Between the breweries, the year-round farmer's market, and the traditional southern restaurants, Friday and Saturday nights are never dull. - Garrett Sims
What's NOT to love about Raleigh? There's a growing community of young professionals that makes it easy to always see a new face and network. Whether your interests are in the arts, outdoorsy activities, shopping, politics, or even the nightlife, there's always something or somewhere for you -- guaranteed. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the city is very dog-friendly! - Khoi Tran
The city of Raleigh provides an abundant amount of opportunities for job prospects, civic engagement, and fun. Being in the Triangle area provides many options for future careers and internship experiences. I love having downtown so close to campus to utilize its resources by education our students on the history of North Carolina, the government, and the culture. There is always an event such as a food truck rodeo to attend, so you'd never could be bored. -Ileana Garcia
Raleigh is an amazing city with so many amazing opportunities. There are many activities to be a part of, whether it be going on outdoor adventures or going to trivia nights at local restaurants. It also shows you how important the colleges in Raleigh are to the city, with amazing events like the Krispy Kreme Challenge that bring in millions of dollars for local charities and organizations. The city is very connected to all their residents living there, so there truly is something to do for everyone! -Dax Frisby
How would you describe your position?
My position is so rewarding. I love that I am constantly learning new things as I navigate being an RD. I have been given the opportunity to challenge myself and grow as a professional in ways that I could not have imagined. I also love the interactions that I get to have with students. The impact I have on them is my favorite part of the job! -Victoria Clark
The life of a Residence Director is never boring. Every day is different and it is really dependent upon the needs of your community. There is no perfect way to describe the RD position, but I will sum it up by saying that your day could be filled with anything that involves difficult conversations, crisis situations, advising, programming, and administrative duties. -Crystal Thibodeaux
I would describe the life of my role as a comfortable challenge. Each day is new and dynamic -- I'm working on new assignments, tasks, and projects all the time in different ways. Whether that be helping create a presentation for our department, co-directing a digital media campaign for RA selection, or volunteering at a program, I can say each day is different from any other while also giving me the experience in many different areas of expertise. - Khoi Tran
This position keeps me on my toes and I love it! I enjoy how everyday is potentially different, as we are meeting with different students, committees and hosting various events throughout the week. I also love how close all of the graduate students in housing are, they have truly made my transition as an out-of-state student a smooth one! - Alexis Thornton
What has your graduate assistantship taught you?
Learning how to be flexible! I value my experience because I have been able to interact with many different students, events and professionals who all have their own unique backgrounds. Being at NC State has been an amazing opportunity that has given me the skills I need to be confident as a professional and student. - Alexis Thornton
That you can't plan everything and sometimes you just have to develop a new learning style and be open to the experience. My assistantship has taught me how to trust myself. This position has shown me that I am capable of great things and that my job is to do the very best I can and not worry about the rest. -Arielle Johnson
Being an RD has taught me a lot about being confident in myself and my abilities. I have learned about different ways to educate students about their personal growth and development as individuals. I have navigated situations that I previously would have been nervous about, and it has really allowed me to learn a lot about who I am as a person and as a professional. -Victoria Clark
This experience has allowed me to expand upon skills that can be used in any job setting. You gain a multitude of experience in a variety of different areas, such as supervision, administration, advising, and many more. The experience, the professional networks, and the knowledge and skills that I have gained from this role is what I hope to take with me in whatever career I pursue in the future. - Crystal Thibodeaux
This role has given me opportunities to develop skills that can be used in any job setting. You gain a plethora of experiences in all different areas that transcend all job fields. While the role is so dynamic, it requires strong time management skills which has been a fantastic aspect of this role. The experiences, professional development, and connections that I have acquired from this role will follow me in my future career plans. -Dax Frisby
Working in University Housing gives you the opportunity to work on nearly every skill required of you in Higher Education: budget management, administrative work, student interactions, crisis management, etc. Even after the first week here, I had no doubt that I would have practical experiences to speak to during interviews and rely on in emergencies. I would not trade this job for any other!- Garrett Sims