So you are thinking about applying to become a resident’s assistant (RA) next year but you’re still not sure about what to expect or how your day is going to go? Take a look at Richard Tabor’s life as a RA and find out.
Tabor is a sophomore studying Bachelor of Fine Arts; he is also the resident assistant of Southside 35, the fine and performing arts dorm.
Tabor decided to become a RA after his first year of college. He got the suggestion from his former RA who believed that he had what it took to be a good RA. So Tabor applied and he went through all the necessary interviews and training.
Your life as a RA is going to be a heavy load, but you have to balance your life.
“Crazy, very fulfilling, but very crazy, “Tabor said. “I have a very intense work load. My residents are typical. I see them every single day, problems happen every single day, and you pretty much one on one with a lot of individuals.”
Tabor has to start his day early; he gets up and has breakfast and then goes to class. He may run into his residents on his way to class or maybe in class. He also tries to keep an upbeat social life by hanging out with his friends. He tries to get lunch but sometimes it doesn’t work out. After class and lunch, he goes to the gym where he also sees his residents. Then after a hard day, its dinner time, where Tabor hangout with his residents while they eat. Bedtime is usually very early in the morning.
Even if you have a busy day, you must help the residents in your care grow and adjust to dorm life.
“I love my RA. He’s my best friend.” Anne-Margret Reilly, freshmen, said. “We all went kayaking once and that was a lot of fun.”
Another student agrees.
“Personally, I love our RA,” Monica Parker, sophomore, said. “He’s my best friend in the world, like I can go to him for anything. He’s a great RA; he’s good about keeping us in line-so he’s cool.”
You have an important role to play as an RA.
“My favorite part of being a RA is making a difference,” Tabor said “It might be a small thing but in the end, it matters.”