Resident Assistants “RA” Great Thing

SAMMI DYSON, NEWS CORRESPONDENT

The call is out: Residential Education and Housing is looking for students to fill the Resident Assistant positions that will be opening up for the 2016-2017 academic year. RAs are a very important part of campus living, giving students an atmosphere to learn, grow and succeed. They act as role models for students, while also helping to make living in residence halls a positive and fun experience. Sound interesting?  The first step is applying.

A link to the RA application can be found on the REH page of the school’s website, and interested students should make sure to apply by the Jan. 8 deadline. Additionally, two recommendations, a resume and a cover letter are required. After that applicants must attend a half-hour interview with all of the hall directors, and participate in group interviews where the prospective RAs will work with scenarios that mimic responsibilities and duties that they would have.

When asked what he and the other hall directors look for in an RA, Dylan Bram, MMM Hall Director, mentioned characteristics being like friendly and outgoing. However, he said that most importantly, they were “looking for people who want to help others.”

The Residential Education and Housing Office ultimately is looking for people who will be dedicated to creating relationships with students and being a good role model for them.

Although it may seem like a lot of responsibility, Sensenbrenner RA Dana Kautzer ’17 says it is a rewarding position, too. “I like helping people,” she said, “as it’s kind of more of a helping position, and I can act as a resource for people.” Overall, she is happy being an RA. In addition to a great experience, RAs will receive room and board as well as a stipend.

Since they are expecting about a 50 percent turnover next year, Bram said he thinks they will be looking to fill around 20 positions. For more information on applying for one of the open RA positions, talk to an RA, a Hall Director or visit snc.edu/housing to find the application.

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