The RA Life!
Ever wondered what it is like to be a Residential Advisor or wondered what they actually do? I am in my second year of being an RA so I am going to tell you a bit about what we do and maybe you could be interested in being one...
What is an RA?
A Residential Advisor is someone who works on campus and has a number of students who they visit every week. The visits are just a quick check to make sure your university life is going smoothly. If there are any problems then they are more than happy to try and solve them.
What does an RA do?
They come up with a flatmate agreement at the start of the year which is to talk with all your flatmates about who does what in the communal area. For example, a bin rota may be provided so everyone is doing their bit. You may only see your RA every now and again so, if you do, tell them all about your university life, they love hearing all about it and it makes me them feel pleased to know you are doing well and making the most of it.
How do you become an RA?
RA's do a week of training before going into the job when starting their year of university. This is to go through all the skills needed to be the best RA they can be. It's lots of fun, with work to do during the day and the activities in the evening where they get to know fellow RA's and those they may be living with.
What does being an RA consist of?
RA's also have a team meeting each week. In this, they all get together to talk about what kind of events can be put on around campus to ensure you're all making the most of it. Types of events we have had before are bingos, pub quizzes, movie nights, games night, Easter egg hunt and so many more I could name!
Around once a week, two RA's are on call. This means that they will sit in reception from 6-7pm for any students who want to have a chat. After this, they will then receive a phone each, this is so that if anything happens during the night then they will be called out to deal with whatever is going on until 6am.
All in all, that is what an RA does! There to help students all the time, or just a friendly face to talk to on their visits. If you would like to apply to be an RA, you must be in your second year of studies and applications normally open before Christmas!
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