Top 3 RA Lessons
As asked for by a follower! Top 3 lessons for a new RA.
-Training is hard. and long. and hard. You won’t get much sleep, you’ll feel like you’re not going to finish, and you will have a lot of info thrown at you that you have to retain. It’s not always like that. Prepping everything you can in advance will help a lot. Do door tags in advance, prep bulletin board ideas and ask your RD to print them (if your school does that) - all before you arrive. It will really help. Also take notes during training, you won’t retain all of it but at least you know you have it.
-Time management will be an adjustment - your first semester you may feel like you are drowning in to do lists. It is such a transition to live where you work. Do not procrastinate. The one day you let a paper go until the day before it’s due is the day you will have 4 incidents, a fire alarm, and a water pipe burst. The ResLife gods are cruel that way. haha
-Always remember why you wanted the job, why you took it, and what you wanted to do with it. Right your motivations down on a paper and hang it in your room. Remember the job is, more than anything, about community development and being a role model. Never forget that. It may seem that sometimes you are spending more time on roommate conflicts or conduct issues but remember that everything you do and are charged with is to create and maintain a community on your floor Everything you do should come from that.
You will do great! Good luck and have a great training!