Since my roommate is an RA, I get to constantly witness what being an RA entails and let me just say it’s a lot! I ask myself how she does it all the time. It takes a special kind of person, someone who is a good leader, dedicated, and hard-working. If you think that is you, and you are interested in becoming an RA in the future, then I hope this gives you a better idea of what to expect if you do happen to become an RA.
As an RA, you must make a board each month for your floor (if you are an RA in founders, it is less often because you share the task with all the RA for each building). The board should be creative and neat, but you are supplied some craft materials from ResLife where you can get paper and boarders. Going along with the theme on your board, you also must make door decks for your residents doors with their names on them. Hosting a certain number of events for your residents is another thing you must do. For example, you can do a movie with snacks or teach them how to make some type of project. In order to make residents aware of your event, you will make flyers that you stick to their doors and other places on your floor. You main goal is to get as many people as possible to try to attend your event, so really getting to know your residents is key. You also have to hold meetings at the beginning of the year to explain certain rules and etc., and well as meetings before any major breaks going over maintenance of the dorm rooms when gone for extended periods of time.
Just like athletes, RA’s will need to come back early or stay later during breaks to check people in and out of their dorm rooms. After summer and winter break, you must come back early for training. On top of that, you must fill out duty logs weekly. Each month, you will also have to be ‘on duty’ at least one weekend out of the month in which you will have to check in by 9:00 p.m. and stay up until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 12:00 a.m. on Sunday. One day a week will also be dedicated your day to again check in at 9:00 p.m. and stay up until 12:00 a.m. Being ‘on-duty’ means occasionally walking around all floors on your building to make sure their is no mischief going on, helping any residents who come to you with issues, and overall just making sure everything/everyone is in order. Every so often, you will also need to attend meetings with your boss to go over things and make any changes necessary. And lastly, you will have to work a certain amount in the ResLife office.
These are things I’ve witnessed, but I think I’ve really covered most of it. I really hope it shows you what you are looking for in being an RA and lets you know what to expect!