This year is my first school year as a Resident Assistant in Walsh Hall. I’m a junior now but my desire to be an RA is rooted in my experiences in my freshmen residence hall. My RA created a program to go see “Hair” on Broadway. To be honest, I was very nervous going into my freshmen year. I was scared I wouldn’t make any new friends, and I missed my old ones from home. My RA’s program to the city alleviated much of my worry right at the start of the school year. I got to eat great food, dance onstage in a really fantastic show and even meet some of my closest friends. This experience sparked an interest in being an RA that lasted until I applied during my sophomore year.
I wanted to be able to provide that kind of experience for other residents. However, when I was placed in Walsh Hall (a junior dorm) I realized that the residents needed a different style of programming. So I focused my programming last semester on career preparation. My most successful program last semester was a job interview prep workshop. I interned at a corporate communications company over the summer and brought in their top communications coach to offer one-on-one interview prep for the residents. We started by offering a homemade dinner to all the residents who attended while my boss made a general presentation on succeeding in job interviews.