Resident Assistants

Time Commitment

The nature of the RA position is such that its responsibilities are determined not so much by a time clock or a calendar, but by the needs of residents. Some periods, such as training, opening and closing will require more time than average, but other responsibilities will arise that cannot always be anticipated and scheduled. Key time commitments include:

  • Duty — RAs will work approximately one duty night a week and one duty weekend a month. Duty entails staying in the hall between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on the date you are on duty; being accessible via phone; walking the building to do security checks; and responding to any issue, incident or needs that arise. In addition, staff is expected to share duty responsibilities over break time when the halls remain open (Thanksgiving, spring recess, fall recess, MLK weekend, Easter, etc.).
  • Opening, Closing and Breaks — RAs serve a facility role in getting the halls ready to open and closing them down for breaks and at the end of the school year. As such, RAs arrive early and depart late at fall break, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring recesses, as well as stay later at the end of the year when the buildings close.
  • RA Seminar — An online asynchronous class that all employed RAs need to complete.
  • RA training — In the fall, mandatory staff training begins approximately two weeks before classes begin and continues through the beginning of the fall semester. The training schedule often goes for the entire day and includes evening responsibilities for prepping the hall.
  • Regular meetings — Meetings include mandatory weekly staff meetings (Wednesday’s 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with hall supervisors.
  • Nights Away — RAs are allowed 12 nights a semester where they do not have to return to the building.
  • Limits on Outside Employment — Up to 10 hours of outside employment is possible while holding the RA position.
What RAs wish they'd known about the position
  • Ashleigh Welch

    Psychology and Spanish
    • Why did you become an RA?

      I want to give students a sense of community.

    • Fun fact about you?

      I love coffee (,:

    • Any other extra-curricular activity you hold while being an RA?

      I’m a pro Netflix binger.

    • Favorite Hobby?

      Piano (I just started learning)

    • Favorite place on campus?

      Love Library

    • What do you wish you would have known about the position?

      An RA’s job isn’t to be best friends with their residents, rather to help build them a sense of community and make sure they feel safe and are supported in college.

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  • Noele Smith

    Nutrition and Health Sciences
    • Why did you become an RA?

      I became an RA to be able to create more connections with my peers and to help residents get the most out of their housing experience while at the university!

    • Fun fact about you?

      I love to sing, anything from opera to R&B.

    • Any other extra-curricular activity you hold while being an RA?

      I am a well-being ambassador with Big Red Resilience and Well-being

    • Favorite Hobby?

      Working out or cooking!

    • Favorite place on campus?

      The Campus Recreation Center, specifically the sauna

    • What do you wish you would have known about the position?

      I wish I would've known that sometimes residents will knock on your door during the night.

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  • Nathan Franz

    Political Science
    • Why did you become an RA?

      To help students find their reason to call the University of Nebraska–Lincoln home!

    • Fun fact about you?

      I once spent a husker's game with Athletic Director Bill Moos!

    • Any other extra-curricular activity you hold while being an RA?

      Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH)

    • Favorite Hobby?

      Camping

    • Favorite place on campus?

      The Fountain at the Union!

    • What do you wish you would have known about the position?

      I wish I would've known how much support you have as an RA. Going into the role it felt like you had to tackle this huge responsibility on your own but there are actually so many people and resources ready to help you!

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  • Abby Nelson

    Marketing
    • Why did you become an RA?

      Build connections with other students

    • Fun fact about you?

      I love Wheel of Fortune. I'm planning on making that my floor theme next semester.

    • Any other extra-curricular activity you hold while being an RA?

      I'm a Nebraska Human Resources Institute and meet every week with a junior at Southeast high school.

    • Favorite Hobby?

      Laying in my hammock

    • Favorite place on campus?

      College of Business atrium

    • What do you wish you would have known about the position?

      I wish I would have known how much fun it is! People I work with are some of the best people on campus.

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  • Matt Duhs

    Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
    • Why did you become an RA?

      I wanted to help first year students have a smooth transition.

    • Fun fact about you?

      I love singing vocal jazz

    • Any other extra-curricular activity you hold while being an RA?

      Jazz Singers

    • Favorite Hobby?

      Singing and making music

    • Favorite place on campus?

      East Campus Union

    • What do you wish you would have known about the position?

      How close you get with the other RAs in your building.

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  • Ryan Smith

    Civil Engineering
    • Why did you become an RA?

      To make a positive impact for my residents.

    • Fun fact about you?

      I've never seen the ocean.

    • Any other extra-curricular activity you hold while being an RA?

      I am on the Rugby club.

    • Favorite Hobby?

      My favorite hobby is listening to music.

    • Favorite place on campus?

      My favorite place on campus is Broyhill Fountain.

    • What do you wish you would have known about the position?

      I wish I knew about how great the community is.

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