My first semester of being an RA is almost over and I definitely have learned a lot about myself and my surroundings since RA training. We learned all the basic essentials of the job like conduct, building community, being a leader, how to handle emotional situations, and most importantly, being a part of a team. Being on a team means everyone has a job to fulfill and if you cannot meet expectations, it is your responsibility to find a way to do so, even if it is simply just asking for help. Staff meetings are a time to meet as a whole to debrief the past week and we all contribute our thoughts and suggestions, while staff bonding is our own time, usually on the weekends, to take a break from RA life and school to just hang out. If there is a difficult incident to handle or if someone needs back-up while on duty, there are fifteen other people ready to help if needed. Someone on staff may have a bad day and can always rely on any of us for advice or support. We are all meeting and hanging out with our own residents, as well as residents from other floors.
People view us as the role models of the building and we have certainly built a strong Christensen community this past semester. My residents are great and so are the residents I have been meeting on other floors! We’re hoping to maintain the strong community, if not improve upon it even more for second semester! Although the Christensen staff has eighteen varying personalities and skills, we always come together as a group to get the job done, no matter how long it takes us