As an RA myself, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about dorm life. I have been an RA for three years, so I’ve seen it all!
Here’s an inside scoop at what your college RA wants you to know.
If You’re Going to Bread the Rules, at Least Be Discreet About It
Trust me. We don’t want to get you in trouble as much as you…because it just means more paperwork for us!
But, we can’t really turn a blind eye to the sound of people yelling “shots shots shots” and glasses clinking from outside their door.
Try to Fix Your Problems Before Coming to Us
If you’re having problems with your roommate, talk to her about it! If your toilet is clogged, try to plunge it before coming to us. (Yes, I have unclogged a few toilets in my time.)
Not only does this make our lives easier, but it also teaches you to solve problems on your own. Being able to solve your own problems is a huge sign of maturity.
Respect the Hard Work That We Do
RAs spend countless hours filling out paperwork, making door decorations, doing rounds, cleaning up people’s messes, mediating arguing roommates, and putting up posters. On top of that…we’re a student and a human being too!
We need our sleep and our study time. We need a moment to breathe. We aren’t available to you 24/7. This means that if you are locked out of your room in the middle of the night, you shouldn’t be knocking on our door. The campus police and the RA on duty is.
Don’t Run and Scream in the Halls…No Matter What Time of Day It Is
Just don’t do it. It’s not funny or cute or endearing. It’s annoying and it just puts us in a bad mood.
Respect Our Decorations and Bulletin Boards
Making these can be one of the most time-consuming parts of our jobs. We put our lifeblood into our floor decorations and bulletin board. One of the biggest insults an RA can receive is someone tearing down or vandalizing our decorations.
By the Time You Move In, We Have Already Been There for Two Weeks or More
By the time orientation and move-in day come around, we have been through hours and hours of training, making sure your room is clean, decorating the halls, putting together welcome packets, and learning everything there is to know about being an RA.
This means that although you may be super pumped, excited and energized, we are dead tired, but we aren’t going to show it! It’s our job to keep a smile on our face and welcome you to college!
We Don’t Make the Rules
In fact, there’s a lot of rules that we may not agree with, but we still respect them and follow them. You should do the same.
Be Friendly to Us!
You don’t have to be our BFF, but at least acknowledge us when you see on us around campus. A smile and wave seriously makes all the difference. It doesn’t take much to make our day & it doesn’t hurt to be on your RA’s good side!
Come to Our Events
Nothing makes an RA feel worse than having no one show up to an event that she spent hours preparing for and advertising. Even we know that our events are lame sometimes. But, you can always count on free food at our events!
Most of Us Love Our Jobs and Want to See You Thrive
We’re not out to get you. Our job isn’t to be the police. Our job is to make your college experience as awesome as we can. Unfortunately, sometimes that means writing you up or yelling at you for playing your music too loud. Sometimes we are going to do things that you don’t like, but ultimately, it’s all for the common good of everyone’s college experience.
Give Your RA Some Love… After all, We’re Human Too!
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