The role of a resident assistant often requires a lot of discretion and “dirty work.” It is not a glamorous job, and many do not want to have to deal with the daily chores of being an RA. On the opposite side, this job has many benefits. One of the benefits of this position […]
What do you think are some ways to get started on the right foot in the second semester?
A bit of advice that I think would be helpful for you to think about at the start of the new semester is to sit back for a moment and evaluate your floor from the previous semester. […]
One thing that’s important to remember in any job that you do is to treat your customer with respect. As members of Hall Staff, our customers are the residents. One of the best ways to respect our residents is to demonstrate confidentiality. I’ve found that this is an area the paraprofessional staff as well […]
Q. Balance is tough when you are an RA. Balancing RA responsibilities and school can be tough enough, but when you throw other things into the mix, as many of us do, it makes it even harder. What are some suggestions you have for helping RAs stay balanced?
A. Get involved in a campus or […]
M. Lee Upcraft of Penn State University has authored several books in the area of student affairs and is a nationally recognized authority in higher education with over 40 years of experience. Here he has answered some questions about success as an RA.
Q. First year college students face a wide variety of challenges, […]
Q. Unfortunately, part of the RA job is confronting negative behavior. This can be a tough role to take on, especially since the relationships we have with the residents are so important. What are some suggestions you have for these conforntations?
A. Treat residents with respect..but realize that their opinion of you is not a […]
Here are some common mistakes RAs make compiled by experienced RAs and res life professionals. Read and learn from others’ mistakes so you don’t make them yourself!
Starting strong, finishing weak and also vice versa, starting weak thereby making future enforcement difficult
Lack of social life… becoming too overwhelmed in the job
Trying to do too much […]
Q – What are the top 10 things every RA should know?
Residence Life Professional Answers:
Gregg’s TOP TEN Things to Know/Remember as a Resident Assistant!
10. Make time for yourself.
9. Know the name of each resident on your floor.
8. Program based on the needs of your residents.
7. Document all incidents that occur (depression, alcohol, visitation, ect.)
Being an RA is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills. Check out the following list and evaluate where you are and what you want to work on as you look forward to the school year ahead.
The Student Activities Leadership Institute at Seminole Community College in Sanford, Florida, came up with the following […]
“You’re not listening to me.”
“Did you even hear a word that I said?”
“You’re missing the point.”
“Why do I even bother trying to communicate with you?”
If you have half a pulse, and you’ve actually interacted with other human beings, then you’ve either uttered some of these words to someone in total frustration, or worse, someone […]