Brontée Jeffries

Resident Assistant (RA)

Senior

Sociology; Minor in French

Hometown: Akron,OH

Being involved at WSU has been a staple to my success, keeping busy with various activities such as being a Resident Assistant, President of Black Women Striving Forward (BWSF), being a peer advisor at the Veteran and Military Center (VMC), and also interning for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). I want to make an impact on my peers and younger students. I want to show them that being a Raider applies to on and off campus, and you can carry it with you through life.

Being an RA is something that came natural for me, since I have experience with the skills necessary to be successful. Through my leadership involvement, I have learned to prioritize my time, create a personable environment for residents, openness and honesty, and a born leader. Becoming an RA has helped me to sharpen these skills and share them with others to help develop future leaders. Being an RA has taught me so much about others and the impact you can have on them. A specific instance involves some residents of mine and their generosity towards me. After my buildings first meeting, some residents came down to my apartment to visit with me and get to know me better. Since then they have been very involved in their community, and we still bond over a factor that was involved in our first interaction: FOOD! I love how they are continually reaching out to get to know me, it makes me feel comfortable and continue the same practice with the rest of my residents.

One of my biggest commitments on serving is in the Air Force National Guard as an Aviation Resource Manager. Being in the Air Force National Guard has been invaluable experience for preparing for the RA job. Being in the military takes a large amount of determination and discipline. I use the training I received in the Air Force National Guard in everyday life and being a leader. I use those skills to help sharpen my responsibilities and become a better leader every day. One example of this is from my basic training. When arriving at basic training, we are given different jobs based on our personality. I was chosen as an Element Leader. This is a higher rank, and was very similar to the RA job. Being in charge of a group of peers and other trainees who were strangers as an 18 year old was intimidating, but it helped develop my leadership skills in the high-stress environment. I brought this experience with me to the RA position. I am honored to be nominated for Airman of the Year at my home base, and I am thankful for the leadership training I experience through Air Force National Guard that developed the skills I already possessed.

Coming to Wright State I was coming to a new place and a new home, but it prepared me for one of the biggest journeys of my life, a 90 day deployment to Kuwait. My daily job as an Aviation Resource Manager held a lot of responsibility, including flight management, daily flight plans for aviators, updating medical records, and being responsible for sensitive and classified information. I received a coin from my commander as our squadrons unsung hero, and was honored that my work, although under the radar and highly important to the mission, did not go unnoticed, and for that I am

humbled. Before going to Kuwait, I was in the RA training course. In our course we were encouraged to do an immersion project, and it pushed me to meet Kuwaiti students and I did more research with my immersion project that let me to the Kuwait Student Organization at WSU before my deployment.

After graduation, I plan on commissioning into the Air Force and becoming an officer, as well as eventually becoming a CEO of a hospital in a major city. My eyes have been opened in my internship with NAMI, and I hope to take a career track dealing with mental health and mental health awareness. I am a strong believer that people should speak things into existence that they want to come to fruition. Any dreams you may have, write it down. Don’t let people stop you, it will come true. This is what I do every day, and I am proof that hard work pays off.