Fall semester is right around the corner, and soon you’ll be moving in to your dorms. There’s a lot of adjusting that comes with moving away from your home, and there is one person there who has been trained on how to help you with the adjusting process – your Resident Advisor (RA).
I was a Resident Advisor for Campus Living here at East Carolina University. Being a RA was one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career (if you get the chance – definitely apply!). So, as a former RA, here are 5 reasons why your RA should be your best friend.
5. Your RA has been trained to help in any situation.
As a RA, I went through lots of training. RAs come to campus before you move in, and leave after you’ve gone home for summer or winter breaks. During those times, RAs are undergo *lots* of training. They learn how to handle situations – from roommate conflicts to leaky toilets and everything in between – and there is always a RA in the building or on call to help you.
4. Your RA is knowledgeable about ECU, and is a great resource.
Your RA is a great resource for you – it’s in their DNA. Resident Advisors are in the loop on what’s going on around campus, campus policies and rules, and even what’s cooking in the dining halls (Fried Chicken Wednesday!). Have a question about where to go if you get sick? Your RA can direct you to Student Health Services. Don’t know where you can use those Pirate Bucks? Your RA can recommend places to eat on campus that will accept your Pirate Bucks.
As a RA, I was invested in my residents. Any successes my residents had were celebrated. Students who were inducted into a sorority or fraternity got “Congratulations!” flyers in their organization’s colors. If I knew it was your birthday, you got a batch of fresh-baked cookies. You matter to your RA, and how you’re doing in school matters to your RA. If you’re not doing well in a class, your RA will help you, or they will direct you to someone who can help (like the tutors at the Pirate Tutoring Center).
2. Your RA creates programs just for you.
Programming was one of my favorite things to do as a RA. Creating and executing programs that my residents enjoyed coming to and talked about afterwards was a great moment for me. Part of a RA’s job is to create programs with the goal of not only entertaining their residents, but inspiring, educating, and empowering residents, as well. Programs are all about you! So, if you have an idea for a great program, tell your RA! Want to have a program all about how to get good grades or how to make declicious microwave food out of Ramen noodles? Suggest it!
1. Your RA is an awesome person.
Forgive me for boasting, but Campus Living has some of the best employees around – including its RAs. Each Resident Advisor is goes through an application and interview process where they are evaluated to make sure they are made of the top-knotch material ECU students have come to expect of their RAs. The selected students are the “crème de la crème”, so to say, and you can bet that your RA will live up to that standard.
See you this fall!
– Jacqueline DeJesus