Last Updated: July 19, 2012
Being a Resident Assistant (RA) is an incredibly rewarding experience for the right person, but it isn’t for everyone. After all, an RA has quite a bit of responsibility for a college student. Most college students would rather have the freedom to hang with friends whenever they want, to go home when they want, or to study as often and as much as they want. Some, however, for a reason they cannot always articulate, find the life of an RA to be wonderful and exciting! For someone destined for the position, it’s a fantastic lifestyle!
If you’ve got a good grasp on your studies, you’re an outgoing person, and you love taking on responsibility, this might be a good fit for you. Check out these three reasons you might want to make the decision to be a resident assistant!
You Enjoy Leadership Roles
As an RA, you’ll be seen as a role model. Your residence hall, as well as other residence halls, Residence Life staff, and perhaps even some professors will recognize you as such. You don’t mind being in the spotlight every hour of every day. You don’t mind being talked about. You don’t mind attending a party knowing you’ll need to be responsible about alcohol (read: abide by drinking laws and/or rules). You enjoy taking charge. You like having people come to you for help despite the hour. Most of all, you know that developing leadership roles is important when it comes to finding a job down the road, and you like the idea of bolstering your resume or having something to talk about in an interview. If this sounds like you, you might enjoy spending a few years of college as a resident assistant!
You’re a Team Player
Resident Assistants have a team of other resident assistants they’ll need to put their trust in. As an RA, you’ll be faced with a variety of situations in which you’ll need another member of your staff to help you. You may have to break up a loud party, or check in on two roommates arguing, or negotiate with people under the influence of alcohol and drugs. It’s important that you get along with your staff, and that you use them to assist you when it’s appropriate. Being an RA isn’t about doing it all yourself. It’s about working together as a team to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who lives in your residence hall!
You Can Handle Yourself in Emergency Situations
While most of being an RA is doing rounds of the building, conversing with your residents, and doing basic office work, there will be times you’ll come face to face with a serious situation. You might have a resident dealing with difficult personal issues, or discover a resident in need of immediate medical attention . While you’ll be given basic training in handling these situations, it’s still important that you’re a person who feels in control during an emergency. If you’re comfortable making a 911 call, or stepping in to provide immediate assistance to a resident in need, you’ll be able to handle whatever incident is thrown at you!
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Original Post Date: July 23rd, 2012