Having your own room on campus is just one of the many advantages of becoming a Resident Advisor, or RA. Resident Advisors are students who live in the residence halls (nicknamed “dorms”) at universities throughout the U.S. RAs are hired to help students plan events and enforce the university’s rules and policies. If you decide to study in the U.S. and become an RA, you’ll be trained in a variety of tasks before the job starts, and you’ll most likely be given additional training prior to and during the term.
Here are some general responsibilities of an RA:
- Introduce students to the residence halls and help them in their general orientation to the campus
- Provide students with information about resources on and off campus
- Promote and plan activities and programs centered around students’ interests
- Understand, interpret and enforce the university’s policies, rules and regulations
- Mediate conflicts between residents, in an effort to maintain a stable and comfortable living environment
With these responsibilities come some exciting benefits, including:
- Your own room! While most people at U.S. colleges share dorm rooms, RAs usually get a room to themselves. This is so RAs can talk to students or other Residential Life staff in private.
- Help with costs. Most schools offer a free dorm room for each year a student is an RA. You’ll also most likely get a partial or total meal plan for free.
- Multitasking 101. Education happens beyond the classroom for an RA. You’ll learn how to juggle your studies and the needs of the students around you.
- Résumé building. From organizing and communicating to conflict-resolution and leadership, you’ll be adding so many skills to your résumé as an RA!
Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what the life of an RA has to offer, why not learn more from a former Resident Advisor? Take a look at this article from the Huffington Post.