Alyssa Arraujo

Major- Human Resources and Management

SeniorAlyssa Araujo

Human Resources and Management

Hometown- Pittsburg, PA

Being an RA has given me the chance to help people. Whether they need something or just have a question, my door is always open. Although I am naturally a quiet person, this job has pushed me outside of my comfort zone. It has also allowed me to have conversations with people I don’t know all that well, and foster those relationships.

This position has offered me so much personal growth as well. My first job was a cashier that had customer interaction and I loved every moment of it. I knew being an RA would offer me a similar experience while helping me in my future career in Human Resource and Management. I am also very thankful for the administrative experience that being an RA has provided. It has taught me budgeting, prioritizing and managing my time as well as getting to know everyone in my community. These are all skills I will need when I enter the workforce in a couple of months.

One of my favorite hobbies is golfing. I started golfing three years ago and I mainly golf on my breaks during the summer or fall. Golfing gets me outside enjoying the fresh air and I am determined to learn and improve my skills. This hobby is similar to the tasks of being a successful RA because golfing is all about competing against oneself. For instance, if it is too windy out on the course, you need to change your swinging strategy. Just like RAs strategize to approach certain situations; you need to change your strategy based upon the situation. This will also be true of my future career in Human Resources, there is a necessity for strategizing policy and making change within the workplace. A quote that I have been living by this semester that applies at my work and hobby is to “Focus on the results, not the process.”

If I were to give some advice to a future RA, I would urge them to become and remain open-minded. The more open-minded you are, the more people you will meet and the more ideas you will have with the opportunities that are to come.