The first person you’ll probably meet in your new residence hall will be your Resident Assistant. Who or what are Resident Assistants? This primary objective is achieved as a culmination of the many different parts that an RA must play. Some common responsibilities of an RA include: programming, acting as a mentor for students, being a familiar first resource for students with academic or institutional questions, and enforcing resident policies.
Don’t be afraid to utilize your RA, and remember – they were hired because they’re able to help and also because they have a keen sense of community building and inclusivity. Many students who do become an RA were immensely influenced by their own RA. Personally, I became an RA because my RA was incredible. He kindly took time out of his busy schedule to help me with questions I had.
Do not be shy to speak to your RA and be ready for the warm welcomes to come this fall semester.