I have worked in Penn State’s Office of Housing + Residence Life, as a Resident Assistant (RA), since Spring 2016. An RA acts as a floor manager, and s/he ensures a smooth residence hall operation.
During my first three semesters as an RA, I supervised 43 freshman women on a daily basis. While on call, I oversaw over 650 freshman residents at one time. I worked in the most populated residential complex at Penn State and in the US, and I collaborated with a team of 13 other RAs to maximize efficiency, promote communication, and ensure a safe environment.
Starting in Fall 2017, I began RAing for the Earth House Special Living Option (SLO). This SLO works with the College of Agricultural Sciences to create enriching eco events for its residents. I supervised two co-ed floors of over 75 residents of varying ages daily and over 750 residents at one time.
I conduct RA candidate interviews with coordinators throughout the semester; I evaluated potential candidates for admission into HIED 302: The Role of an RA (a prerequisite for becoming a Penn State RA). I also have experience with interviewing candidates for coordinator (RA supervisor) positions. Through this, I’ve learned how to quickly identify favorable characteristics in potential RAs and supervisors and answer their open-ended questions from an RA’s point of view.
Administrative: writing detailed reports, maintaining accurate records, meeting with coordinator + other RAs on a biweekly + weekly basis, supplying a vast knowledge base of available on + off campus student resources, relaying residential maintenance requests to appropriate locations, developing + implementing an efficient mass communication system for all residents on floor, interviewing candidates for RA and supervisor positions
Managerial: organizing + holding floor meetings, coordinating multiple schedules for maximum meeting + program attendance, promote awareness + acceptance of campus diversity and an inclusive environment
Policy Enforcing: ensuring a safe community by enforcing quiet hours, guest, and drug + alcohol policies, following proper protocol regarding policy violations, monitoring activity of one floor daily (43 residents), of 14 floors periodically (650+ residents), assisting in managing emergency situations (fire, health, etc)
Programming: managing a $150-200/semester programming budget for floor event supplies, planning and executing enriching community building activities to promote residential connectedness and educational + personal growth, creating door + floor decorations that coincide with a particular theme
Counseling: calmly + rationally handling crisis situations, listening to residents, providing advice, and referring them to appropriate on + off campus resources based on their (academic, personal, social, etc) concerns, unbiasedly mediating + resolving conflict situations
Top 5 StrengthsQuest Themes
Learner: “People especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.”
Restorative: “People especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.”
Input: “People especially talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may collect information, ideas, history, or even relationships.”
Focus: “People especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through, and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.”
Intellection: “People especially talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.”