RA Experience Essay

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The transition this year to becoming an RA has not been an easy one. There are times when I feel that I am excelling at the job and times when I feel so underwater that I don’t know how I’m going to get everything done. I have learned though, that this is a learning process. There are things in this job that are going to stretch me as a person and things that are going to remind me why I wanted this position in the first place. As a Resident Assistant, I feel as though I have many strengths that I can use in this job. I am a good communicator and am able to present information in a manner that my residents will relate too. During the first-floor meeting, I was able to get through the information quickly and efficiently without a lot of …show more content…

I was concerned that sophomore residents wouldn’t want to interact with me in public because they didn’t want to seem friends with an RA. This is the farthest thing from the truth on my floor. On the other hand, there have been times when I feel like I am not excelling at this job. I have some residents who are never on the floor and when I see them around campus, they do not acknowledge my presence. I have not been able to get them to schedule to a one on one or have even talked to them individually since move in day. Because of this, I feel like I am not making a big enough effort to get to know them or make them feel included. I realize that people are busy and maybe we simply have opposite schedules but it is hard to not have a person connection with every resident. On top of that, I have residents who are very social with me in and outside of the hall. I seem to have more of a relationship with them and I’m afraid that this is making other residents feel left out when they see me talking and laughing with another resident. In order to combat this, I have tried to include other residents when I see them and am interacting with someone else. I understand that it is difficult to have that relationship with every resident because some are open to that are some are not but it is hard to have that be out of my control. In the beginning, it was challenging for me to confront things that weren’t immediate. If someone’s music was too loud, I would justify it to

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