New RA staff steps up
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Becoming a Resident Assistant is a responsibility not meant for the weak of heart and mind. It requires substantial work and compassion, as well as leadership skills. Imagine all of the things that your RA does for your section: from opening your door when you lock yourself out to spending weekends on duty, working as an RA is a heavy responsibility for college students. I ventured through Page Hall to figure out the motivations and requirements behind becoming a Resident Assistant.
As the trainer of his RAs, Page Resident Director Thomas Staffileno was able to see the relationships forged, speaking about the RA summer backpacking trip, also known as Imprint. “When you’re backpacking with a group of people, you get close fast because there’s only one shovel for you to...like, dig your poop, and you kind of give the shovel a name like ‘Hey, where’s Duggy?’,” said Thomas, with one hand on the wheel. He was on his to Ojai for the first-year retreat. RAs from every dormitory attended the backpacking trip, then headed back to campus for a week of training leading up to freshman orientation.
Brittany Bancroft, a junior and RA of Page Hall’s section 2C, found that “training was very informative.” Throughout the week, leaders attended a series of informational seminars covering a variety of topics, including policies, conduct, confrontation, vision casting, goal-setting, community building, alcohol, drugs, and crises. Some very serious topics, some much more trivial, but all of the sessions are important for the practice of being a strong, informed leader that can handle pressure, as well as create fun experiences for their residents.
This type of authority requires our hall leaders to be passionate and determined in their RA endeavors. Page Hall’s Jonathan Lee, Brittany Bancroft, and Hannah Roberts all stated that they were motivated by the fun and encouragement that their own first-year RAs provided. Hannah notes that working as an RA has been more difficult than initially anticipated. Despite some challenges, each RA expressed genuine enjoyment and growth in their experiences. Give your RA a hug next time you see them and remember that they love their work enough to dig a poop-hole to get here!