Tips for Being a Great Resident Assistant

Tips for Being a Great Resident Assistant
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    Congratulations!

    You successfully made it through many rounds of interviews and convinced the faculty that you can help look after college students while still being a college student yourself.

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Now that you’re officially a resident assistant, you should know that there’s more to the job than decorating your hall and getting free room and board. It would help if you strived to leave a positive impression on your hall.

Brace yourself for two semesters of obstacles, drama, and fun memories while embracing the RA life.

To help prepare you for your new responsibility, here are some tips for being a great resident assistant who is reliable, trustworthy, and capable of handling the hectic lives of college students.

Be a Resource for Your Residents

As a resident assistant, you are a mentor to your residents. You act as a resource to residents who may have questions about your university’s facility hours and can point them in the right direction with simple life advice.

You need to prove that you are reliable enough for residents to knock on your door and assume you’ll answer.

We understand that you also have a life and homework to attend to, but you should still try to be there for your residents when they need help or someone to talk to.

Try To Help Students Feel Comfortable

Moving in with someone you don’t know can be awkward. If you’re an RA in a first-year hall, you should strive to create an inviting atmosphere. Dorms serve as a home away from home for many students, so it’s important to help your residents get acclimated to their new living space.

To help students feel comfortable, decorate their doors with their names, decorate the hallway, and introduce yourself to each resident. You can create a hallway banner by applying heat vinyl transfer and customizing it with a fun name for your residents.

Host Bonding Activities With Your Residents

To become a great resident assistant, you have to get to know your residents. How will you do your due diligence if you don’t know them?

Get to know your hall residents by hosting bonding activities! We know that you likely don’t have the money to buy materials for a big lobby party or movie night, but ask your resident director if there’s any way you can host an arts and crafts night or karaoke night!

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Try to have monthly meetings with your residents to create a relationship that will hopefully blossom into a mentorship or friendship. No matter the outcome, you should put effort into bonding with your residents!

Have Great Time Management Skills

To become RA of the year, try your best to manage all the elements listed above while dealing with your problems, homework, and responsibilities. Good time management skills are important when taking on a job as an RA.

You have to know how to balance your work and personal life without forgetting about your residents. Create a daily schedule to help you get through the year without trouble.

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