The Importance Of Being A Resident Assistant

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At the University of Connecticut, located in Storrs, Connecticut, all first-year students are required to live on campus. The University provides several housing options, including thematic communities like Honors Program housing or Business Connections Learning Community housing, gender-inclusive housing, and standard co-educational, non-thematic options. Regardless of a student’s housing selection, the student will live in a community that is maintained by Resident Assistants. Depending on the housing configuration, an on-campus student, referred to as a resident, will have either a Resident Assistant on her/his floor, or one Resident Assistant for the entire building. The role of a Resident Assistant at the University of Connecticut is …show more content…
Typically, the application process entails creating a resume and cover letter, complying with a conduct history check, and interviewing with current residential life staff. Once selected to be a Resident Assistant, an individual is assigned to a residential area on campus. Though individuals going through the Resident Assistant application process are able to preference some aspects of their location aspects, assignments are usually fairly randomized and left to residential …show more content…
Though a tendency is more of a trend than an absolute categorization, my experiences as a Resident Assistant have been fairly consistent throughout my three semesters in the position. Regardless of the explanation, in my experience, when I handle a residential life incident, male residents are typically confrontational and resistant, whereas female residents tend to be more apologetic and

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