Last year I was chosen by the Residence Life staff to be a resident assistant in Lang hall for the 2013-2014 school year. I came to BW two weeks early for RA training and let me tell you… I was a little bit nervous. I was worried that I wasn’t the right person for the job. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle stressful situations effectively. I was really worried about the confrontation aspect of the job. All of those worries proved to be silly thoughts that my brain made up to psych me out.
Being an RA is a VERY demanding position. It takes a lot of time, organization, and patience to do the job well. You have to know all of your residents’ names, their majors, what they like to do for fun, and what they do on campus. These are all important things to know because when you plan programming you can plan it around what your residents enjoy. When I signed on I didn’t realize that RAs had to do so much paperwork. Yes, the paperwork is very necessary, but there is a lot of it. If you don’t keep on top of paperwork it will pile up and you will get extremely overwhelmed.
So far, being an RA is a great experience. I am learning so much about how to build a community and get to know others. I would recommend the experience to any student at BW who wants a fantastic leadership experience.
*P.S. Plus you get a free room and a stipend at the end of each semester! Can you say no student loans this year? Holla!*