Why did you apply to be an RA?
I applied for the resident adviser position because I wanted to be a resource to others in the setting of residential education. The RA position was to be my first job, and the duties employed to an RA were appealing because they mirrored responsibilities I have held in student organizations. Taking this previous experience and applying it in the context of residential education has been rewarding. From event programming to weekly checkups with residents, I thoroughly enjoy being a resource to others.
How has being an RA changed your experience at Vanderbilt?
As a resident adviser, I have a new found appreciation for the behind the scenes work that goes into the programming initiatives at Vanderbilt. An incredible amount of effort goes into ensuring that a planned event goes without a hitch. Experiencing firsthand the work behind programming, I have come to participate in more events programmed by others. My involvement has skyrocketed and I find myself with a more fulfilling Vanderbilt experience as a result.
What are the best things about working in your area of campus?
Highland Quad is a great community. Though I originally perceived its distance from the center of campus to be a setback, Highland Quad quickly grew on me. With all the new friends I have made and the apartment-style living, it just feels like home.
Why do you think others should apply to be an RA?
Obvious perks aside, I have formed relationships with some pretty incredible people solely due to my position as an RA: residents, other RA’s, Head Residents, professional staff members, and a long list of others. If you have any inclination to be an RA, apply! It is an experience that you will fall in love with. Being an RA is an aspect of my life at Vanderbilt that I will look back on for years to come.