Being a resident assistant

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Being a resident assistant
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Sat, 10-22-2011 - 12:53pm

I'd love to hear from anyone whose child was an RA, considered being an RA, or had close friends who were RAs. Dd19 is considering applying to be an RA next year. She lived in a living-learning community 1st year, and this year she has her own apartment. She likes it, but it is expensive and she isn't super close to her roommates. They are good

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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 7:50am

Neither of our DSs was ever an RA, but after freshman year DS22's roommate became one.

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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 10:14am

(Is next year her last? Will she finish in only 3 yrs? Seems like it was only last year that she started college.)

Yep, she's on the 3-year plan to save money, which Is why I don't want to push overly much on the RA thing. It's good to hear a positive take on the RA job; dd's RA last year was non-existent (he was a guy, responsible for multiple floors, who never came on hers) and she hasn't met any others yet. I hope she does through the application process.

Theresa

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Mon, 10-24-2011 - 10:39am
Hi theresa,
My oldest was a residence officer. There is no way he would have met most of these folks and friends he still meets up with without this position. Dorm life kept him involved in the University in a more diverse way.I would especially encourage it because she is only spending 3 years.
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Wed, 10-26-2011 - 12:27am

Being an RA is a big commitment. It is not a job that should be taken on lightly.

My DD was an RA for her last two years. She was also very active on campus, taking a full load of classes, and working.

In DD's case, she was a commuter student, and wanted to move on campus. With everything she was involved in she was spending many late nights and weekends there, and living on campus would be a lot easier. Unfortunately, we could not afford room and board, so she applied for RA and got it.

From your comment that your DD has not seen an RA in her last two years, and that the one RA she did have was responsible for multiple floors, it sounds like your DD's school does not have a full RA staff, or a very good RA program.

At DD's school the RA's had only one floor each, and if it was a large floor there were two RA's.

RA's were there to help the students on their floor. To be a friend, advisor, counselor, pep leader, and yes, policeman. They were required to have an open door policy at all times. This meant that students could drop in to talk to her at any time. She was required to start back to school before the other students to make sure the rooms were ready, get doors and bulletin boards decorated, and take any training required. She was required to be one of the last out of the dorm at the end of the year to make sure the rooms on her floor were in order and cleaned out.

RA's were responsible for putting on programs for their floor.

 

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Thu, 10-27-2011 - 9:26am

From your comment that your DD has not seen an RA in her last two years, and that the one RA she did have was responsible for multiple floors, it sounds like your DD's school does not have a full RA staff, or a very good RA program.

I think that the program is generally good. Dd is living in an apartment this year, so she doesn't have the opportunity to interact with RAs. Last year, she lived in a living-learning center, in a somewhat unusual setting (they had their own building, and were very much an independent community). It was a very small community, mixed ages, with few of the traditional problems. They also had a ton of community organizations and activities done by the living-learning center as a whole, so the RAs did much less.

Thanks for sharing your daughter's experience; it helps me understand the job better so I can talk to dd about it as she weighs the pros and cons. She's required to attend informational sessions before even beginning her application, so I am sure she'll learn more, but it's good to hear other's experiences!

Theresa