CA Story: Emily

Why did you apply to be a CA?

I applied to be a CA because I knew it would give me the opportunity to connect with more students on campus. After being an RA for 2 years, I really wanted to continue being a resource and connecting with students all over campus. I really wanted to experience that role through housing and apartment style living.

What organizations or groups have you been involved in here at UNH? How is managing it all as a CA?

I work in the office of the provost in T-Hall as an Office Assistant here at UNH. Managing work study hours and being a CA has been very simple for me! I find the CA job very enjoyable and manageable and more as an opportunity to connect and build community.

Has the CA experience been what you expected?

It has been amazing! I’ve gained 9 new CA friends and 2 very amazing supervisors who really build me up and support me. Not only that, but I have met over a handful of people being in such a large complex like the Gables. It has been very rewarding and has helped me grow as an individual.

What is the most rewarding part of being a CA?

The most rewarding part of being a CA is seeing your residents engage with your programs and always coming back for more. It helps reassure you that your hard work paid off and you also get the opportunity to meet so many people and hear so many amazing stories.

What is the most challenging part of being a CA?

The most challenging part of being a CA is realizing you can only do so much! With around 1,000 residents, it is nearly impossible to remember every single person’s name you encounter or remember what classes they’re taking and so on. This is something that is challenging for me coming to the job as a retired RA because I worked in such small communities that I knew almost everyone!

What advice would you give someone who is considering applying for the CA role?

I would say to be yourself! The entire application process can be very daunting with interviews and group settings but being yourself is the best you can be.