I’m pretty sure I would be the world’s worst RA.
Resident Assistants are students who live alongside other students in college dorms to enforce rules and plan floor events and answer questions about how many posters you’re allowed to have on the wall.
My RA has to periodically do “outreach,” which basically means coming to your door, checking that you’re alive, pretending to care how midterms are going, and–if you’re lucky–giving you a fun-size Hershey’s bar. She has to turn in a checklist of all the residents she talked to, and that amount has to be 80% or more of our building.
Which sounds like a nightmare to me.
And while I like to think I’m capable of the RA job description, I don’t have the personality to support that work.
I’m not particularly confrontational, so I would feel uncomfortable enforcing no-drinking and quiet rules, especially when the “offenders” are my peers.
I would be frustrated and take it personally when my events were poorly attended (and they’re always poorly attended, even with the promise of free food).
I can’t stand repeating myself, so having to tell every girl in my hallway “seriously, you can’t have more than one string of lights on your wall” would be so aggravating.
I’m not crafty, so making door decorations and designing bulletin boards would be my absolute least favorite activity.
The RA job is one of the most competitive positions at my college, which I just don’t understand.
Free housing is really enticing (especially considering how expensive it is to live on-campus), but the job itself is full of tedious paperwork, empty events, and interactions with peers who don’t appreciate you being the bad guy.
I think I’ll leave being an RA to students a bit more crafty, confrontational, and thick-skinned than I. And apparently there are plenty of them.
(P.S. When I was writing this post, this happened. Sister: “Ooh, what are you writing?” Me: “About how being an RA is awful.” Sister: “Don’t write that! It’s college’s best-kept secret!!” So I guess now you’re an insider.)
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