Meet Our Students

Resident Assistant (RA)

RA's work in our traditional, suite style, and apartment style residence halls and are responsible for programming, duty coverage and the well-being of residents on their floor.

Senior Resident Assistant (SRA)

SRA's work in our traditional, suite style, and apartment style residence halls and are responsible for helping supervise the staff along with the RD in addition to their RA duties. SRA's have previous RA experience.

Abel North
Smith
Courtyards

Housing Government and Student Organizations

Within housing, there are several different student groups that are within our halls. This includes the Residence Hall Association (RHA), which oversees all hall governments and programs campus-wide. Hall governments plan programs to improve their hall as well as participate in campus-wide events including Homecoming. The Scarlet and Cream chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is an organization devoted to service, scholarship and recognition and is comprised of the top 1 percent of Residence Hall leaders.


Abel South
Kauffman

Why did you want to be an RA?

"It was an opportunity to help incoming freshman find a home in the university. I'm from out of state, so moving to a whole new state and into a hall was a big change."
- Mattie Bockhold, Abel North RA

"I love that I get to help first-time college students and get to watch them start to get involved and figure out who they want to be."
- Haylee Dalzell, Abel South RA

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being an RA?

"To know that you played a role in making someone have a memorable year in college is a feeling unmatched by others. To make a positive impact on someone’s life provides the best kind of reward."
- Alexander Lahargoue, Courtyards RA

"Helping your residents go from stress to success is another gratifying aspect of the position. Many people think being an RA will limit your social / extracurricular time, but in actuality, it all comes down to how well you manage your time."
- Jacob Lenz, Abel South RA

"The most rewarding aspect of being an RA has been developing relationships with your residents and seeing the way they grow throughout college. It is so cool to see the impact you have and the strides you see your residents making as they continue their college career."
- Sarah Schalm, Selleck RA

"Having residents come seek you out when they have a problem because it shows that you have impacted them in a way that showed them they can trust you. It also feels good to help a resident get through a problem."
- Dylan Craig, Village RA

How do you balance your academics and being an RA?

"Understanding job expectations, when due dates fall and how to manage time are all aspects relevant not only to being an RA, but to any other job. This position excels in helping students understand time management and achieve higher academic results."
- Alexander Lahargoue, Courtyards RA

"You have to understand that academics come first and being an RA comes second. Making sure that I am keeping up in school actually helps me to be a better RA because I am showing my girls a good example and I am less stressed out, so I'm able to be with them more instead of always catching up."
- Sarah Pogue, Neihardt RA

"When you truly love and believe in the job you are doing, it is easy to prioritize it. Academics always come first but then comes the RA position where you get to put on fun events, bond with a vast array of people, and help those around you."
- Kyli Rood, University Suites SRA

How will being an RA help you in your future career?

"Regardless of where I end up in my career, the interpersonal and problem solving skills you learn as an RA will help no matter what career you are in."
- Sarah Schalm, Selleck RA

"The RA experience makes any resume into a game-changer and provides opportunities that I didn’t even know existed. The combination of skills and experience makes the RA position an asset in any future career."
- Alexander Lahargoue, Courtyards RA

"To those of you out there that aren’t extroverts, know that you too can become an RA. There are many facets to the position where being an introvert can be beneficial."
- Jacob Lenz, Abel South RA

"I am much more adaptable to situations because you have to be ready for many different things that come your way."
- Dylan Craig, Village RA

"The position helps you develop a wide range of skills including problem solving, effective communication, and time management skills. I plan on becoming a family counselor and the numerous mediations I have conducted between roommates have definitely given me great hands on experience."
- Kyli Rood, University Suites SRA

"I am going to be an elementary school teacher and this job really helps me to think on my toes and have people skills. Things are pretty unpredictable with this job, just as being a teacher is, and so this gives me a lot of practice in being creative and using problem solving."
- Mattie Bockhold, Abel North RA

"You will learn how to work as a team with your staff, solve problems (whether that be on staff or between residents), be organized and plan things ahead of time, and manage your time and energy efficiently. You will also gain great people and communicative skills, which is one of the things that employers look for most!"
- Sarah Pogue, Neihardt RA