Here's what past RAs like about the job.
"Being an RA has really opened a lot of doors for me. It is almost like when people hear that you are an RA they automatically associate you with being a person who intelligent, diligent, and most importantly a leader. I am honored that I got to experience being an RA this year and even though I will not be an RA next year, I will still keep with me all of the skills that I have learned during this year. GO ORL! "
~Christine Williams, 2011-12 Chesapeake Hall RA
"The decision I made to become a RA was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Becoming a RA gives you the opportunity to positively impact the lives of underclassmen, especially freshman who are undergoing a significant transition into college and need a reliable resource to turn to for help. It is also a tremendous learning experience because you are constantly being put into situations that require the utilization of leadership, cooperation, decision making, time management, and event preparation skills. The people you meet and the experiences you will have are without question worth the commitment."
~Chet Berry, 2010-11 Wampler Hall RA
"Think back to your freshmen year. Who was the first person you met, maybe even before your roommate? Your RA. Who would answer all those stupid questions like "What's a punch?" or "Where's the health center?" Who was always there when you needed advice about relationships or classes? Your RA. So then, who WOULDN'T want the opportunity to have a positive influence on a person's life? An RA gets to do all of that and so much more! Take a year (or more!) and the chance to be a leader, advisor, and friend. It is truly one of the most rewarding jobs you can have, while still having a blast! "
~Alyson Fox, 2011-12-Dingledine Hall RA
"I can honestly say that I love my job. I love my crazy boys. My residents keep life interesting! I have grown as a person since last year and work to build relationships with my residents. I want to be the RA that made the difference in their lives. It is a wonderful opportunity and resume builder. I went for an interview recently, and the recruiter was very impressed.
College grades help, college involvement gives you the extra push you need to stand out! "
~Frank Fleming, 2011-12 Eagle Hall RA
"In becoming an RA, I didn't realize how influential and rewarding the position could really be. I did it because I figured that I would be living on campus anyway, and I might as well do something productive. I didn't realize that I would be able to make an impact on my residents as much as I did. As I was told by my residents, I helped them realize the true purpose of a Resident Adviser. Although I enforce JMU policies, that was not the primary purpose of my job. The reason that I was there was to be a resource for them in any way I could. I was there to help them through their transition from high school to College. In doing so, I have helped them, and the experience is in fact...priceless. "
~Faith Ntundi, 2011-12 Dingledine Hall RA
"I didn't know what to expect when I took the RA position. It is greater than I could have expected! Being an RA is a perfect way to not only become a better person myself, but be a positive role-model for other students. I love that I am able to help and be there for so many people so often, and still be able to live my life as a college student. It is really a great experience and probably the best job a student can have. "
~Kelsea Farinholt, 2011-12 in Chandler Hall RA
"When I first began the RA Application process, I didn't know what to expect. I just thought of having awesome programs and lots of fun! That was 2 years ago and this journey has meant so much more to me. I have developed relationships with amazing first year students and helped guide them to the resources that have helped shape my wonderful Madison experinence. This is more than a job; it's about being a role model, caring about others, creating a positive, learning enviroment, and having FUN. "
Kierra Jones- 2011-12 Potomac Hall RA
"I absolutely love being an RA. The best part is being able to support and influence my girls. All freshmen need someone to look up to and guide them when needed; I aspire to be that person for them every day. It is such a great feeling to know you could make all the difference in someone’s college experience. "
Ellen Katzman -2011-12 Hillside Hall RA
I think this sums it up wonderfully! ….“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”
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Undergrad HD Applications due November 12, 2012.
Resident Adviser Applications available December 1, 2012.