The life of a second year RA.
"I’m a traffic cop. It’s a job. Somebody’s got to do it. I don’t even represent myself when I’m working. If I was representing myself, I’d let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It’s not for me to decide the system. We elect the people who decide the system. When I write a ticket, everyone tells me a reason that they don’t deserve it. If I gave a warning to everyone with a reason, I wouldn’t give any tickets, and the system wouldn’t work. I don’t get any joy by giving a ticket. And I’m not upset if you beat it in court. It’s not personal. It’s my job."
Exactly what being an RA is like sometimes
New bulletin board: What Does Your iPod Say About You?
My hall got the Community of the Year award at this year’s RA End of the Year Banquet!
Harry Potter bulletin board. Each floor is a different house, and students can win or lose points for good or bad behavior, respectively.
Hufflepuff is in the lead!
Just wrote someone up for smoking weed in their room.
THEN had to deal with their friend coming to my door to tell me that I’m “inhumane” and should be more lenient.
For the application process:
Make sure they know that you understand that this isn’t a throw away job—it’s one that requires a lot of work and a lot of hours. They’re looking for people who can manage their time, connect with students, and make a positive impact. So my advise would just be to demonstrate that you have those qualities, that you’re ready to work hard and take on the stresses of the RA position, and that you’re passionate about it.
For being an RA:
Have fun with it. Have fun with your residents. If they’re all talking and having fun together in the lounge, go join them. While it’s important that they respect your authority, it’s even more important that they feel understood and respected by you. Developing close relationships with them will help. They won’t be thrilled if you write them up, but they’ll at least understand why you’re doing it and you’ll get a chance to talk with them about it instead of just facing blind hatred, as is often the case otherwise. It’s all a difficult balance, between school and job, friend and authority figure. It may take a little bit, but you’ll get the hang of it.
Bulletin board about offensive language. Next to each word is a paragraph about why the word is offensive.
My bulletin board for our Harry potter theme. There are 4 floors in the building so each floor is a house.