Hometown: Dayton, OH
As a freshman at Wright State University, I had no idea what a Resident Assistant even was. One day I saw a flyer describing the position and I became interested. As a Hamilton Hall resident, I liked the atmosphere provided by the community, such as the programming aspect of the community, as well as the opportunity to meet a lot of different people and develop close relationships with my floor mates. One main reason I became interested in the position is because I wanted to make a difference and be a resource to new students, which is something I felt lacked on my floor my freshman year.
From this interest, I decided to apply for the RA class, and I was so excited to attend and learn more about the position and the process. I can honestly say that this class was the one class a week that I looked forward to. The experience I was granted in the RA class was positive, I am thankful for being able to meet different people, as well as network with people who could help shape my future. I am still so thankful for the day I received a call and was offered the position. I accepted right away and have never looked back.
As a nursing major, I am accustomed to having a diverse working environment wit different situations to deal with, and I know that being an RA will prepare me for those situations. Patients will come from different backgrounds and have different stories, and being an RA has taught me to have an open heart and mind to those backgrounds and stories. I am a people person, and the experience offered with this experience will be vital to my future career.
One of the most challenging things about the job is trying to adapt and respond to everyone’s wants and needs in my community and on my floor. I had a program not too long ago, and the turnout was wonderful, but it was mostly women who attended. This got me wondering how I could adapt and make sure that I am tailoring to all of the needs and wants of my residents, not just some of them. I am going to continue to work towards a community bond and to become one as a floor and as friends.
Something about that job that is so rewarding for me is getting to know each of my residents personally. Although the task of Roommate Agreements may be tedious to some RAs, it has been such an eye-opening experience for me getting to know my residents and their personalities. I want to connect with my residents and I want them to connect with each other, so in addition to the in depth Roommate Agreements I have also planned a trip for my floor so they can get to know each other better and bond over an activity. Another rewarding aspect of this position is my co-workers and staff. My RA family is very supportive of everyone and we are very close. They help me be a better RA, as well as a student and person.
If I could give some advice to someone who is thinking about becoming an RA, I would urge them to not only look into it because of the free room and board. That should never be a sole motivation for a job. This position is so much more than that. Also remembering that being a student and academics come first, and then the RA life. Prioritizing your life is key, as well as time management. You will not be successful unless you manage our time. If you truly love Wright State University, if you love people, and if you are looking for an experience that is truly rewarding, this is definitely the position for you!