The Perks of Being an RA

Lesley Goodaker

Being an RA can be one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have in college–as long as you know what you’re getting into. As mentioned in my previous post, the perks of being an RA far outweigh any drawbacks. A private room, opportunities to plan fun campus events and on-campus employment are all perks of being an RA; however, these are often accompanied by the occasional tough situation. While the pros of being in such a position usually outweigh the cons, it’s good to know what type of commitment you will be making in applying for an RA position.

Pros:

  • Private room. If we’re all being honest, privacy in college is virtually non-existent. At Transy, all RAs get a private room on their assigned hall.
  • Great Pay! RAs at Transy get their private room paid for by the college (Yay!). Additionally, the college divides a year’s worth of pay into separate increments spread across the year so that they receive a monthly paycheck. 
  • It looks good on a resume. If you’re looking for ways to demonstrate your leadership skills, having experience as an RA looks great on a resume.
  • No commuting necessary! While RAs do tend to have odd hours during scheduled nightly rounds, they don’t have to worry about commuting to an off-campus job. This removes the stress of worrying about getting stuck in traffic on the way to work.
  • You’ll get to work with a great group people. Working with other RAs and the Residence Life staff can be a major benefit both socially and academically.
  • You get to return to campus early. RAs at Transy undergo rigorous training prior to the arrival of other students. For this reason, RAs move in before other students.

Cons:

  • It’s a major time commitment! Understandably, this is a position which requires a huge time commitment. You will be responsible for scheduled rounds, participating in various Residence Life events, and handling issues regarding your own floor/hall.

Gaining a position as an RA is difficult to do. There are a limited number of positions which are in high demand; however, that’s not to say that it is impossible. If acquiring a position as an RA is even remotely appealing to you during your time at Transy, talk to your Admissions Counselor or the Office of Residence Life to see how you might fit in!

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